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Literature Circles

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Preparing for Literature Circle Meetings


Before you meet with your literature circle, choose a part of your book that:


- Makes you wonder

- Makes you laugh

- Makes you sad or upset

- You don't understand

- Was your favorite part

- Has interesting words

- Reminds you of another book

- Reminds you of something that has happened in your life


Mark the parts you want to discuss with a Post-It Note or make a note in your Journal about them.

Be prepared to discuss your choices. 





http://www.mrcoley.com/litcircles.htm - Lit Circle Info




Lit Circle Roles:


Artist - Pick favorite part of the story. Illustrate what is happening in the section you chose. Write 2 - 3 sentences that describe the event (paraphrase, summarize)


Connector - Think of something the story reminds you of in your own life - a book, a movie, a personal experience. Express the connection in writing.  Describe what the story made you think of and why.


Discussion - Think of questions you could ask your group about the story. Think of "FAT" Questions: What if..., How would you feel if you..., What would happen if...,  Why do you think..., How did...)


Storyteller - ID Main Characters & Setting.  Write a short summary & describe the Main Events in 4 - 5 Sentences


Words - ID 3 words that you do not know, words that are interesting, unusual, cool, or just funny. Write the words & their meanings (use Dictionary) to share with your group.






http://sites.google.com/site/dljlitcircle/Home - Lit Circles - PB WORKS - Job Descriptions



http://educatoral.com/cooperative_group_jobs.htm#reading_jobs - Lit Circle Roles



http://www.litcircles.org/Discussion/teaching.html - Lit Circles - Learn How to Discuss






http://www.lauracandler.com/filecabinet/literacy/PDFLC/minilitcircles.pdf - MINI LIT CIRCLES


http://collaborationtime.wikispaces.com/Starpoint+Literature+Circles - Lit Circle Roles


http://www.lauracandler.com/filecabinet/literacy/PDFLC/nonfoldable.pdf - NonFiction Lit Circle Foldable - Response


http://www.lauracandler.com/filecabinet/literacy/PDFLC/nonficreflet.pdf - NonFiction Lit Circle Reflections


http://www.lauracandler.com/filecabinet/literacy/PDFLC/fictprompts.pdf - Fiction Response Journal Prompts


http://www.lauracandler.com/filecabinet/literacy/PDFLC/nonfictprompts.pdf - NonFiction Response Journal Prompts


http://www.lauracandler.com/filecabinet/literacy/PDFLC/roles4.pdf - Lit Circle Role Finder - Teams of 4


http://www.lauracandler.com/filecabinet/literacy/PDFLC/reflect.pdf - Lit Circle Reflections


http://www.lauracandler.com/filecabinet/literacy/PDFLC/packet.pdf - Lit Circle Reflection Packet


http://www.lauracandler.com/filecabinet/literacy/PDFLC/roledescrip.pdf - Lit Circle Role Descriptions


http://www.lauracandler.com/filecabinet/literacy/PDFLC/easyprep.pdf - Lit Circle Preparation Forms


http://www.lauracandler.com/filecabinet/literacy/PDFLC/responseq.pdf - Lit Circle Response Question Cards


http://www.lauracandler.com/filecabinet/literacy/PDFLC/director.pdf - How to Lead a Lit Circle


http://www.lauracandler.com/filecabinet/literacy/PDFLC/fatskinny.pdf - Fat or Skinny Questions o Rainbow Fish


http://www.lauracandler.com/filecabinet/literacy/PDFLC/qcards.pdf - Fat Question Stems


http://www.lauracandler.com/filecabinet/literacy/PDFLC/liteval.pdf - Lit Circle Evaluation Form


http://www.lauracandler.com/filecabinet/literacy/PDFLC/questio.pdf - Reading Response Questions


http://www.lauracandler.com/filecabinet/literacy/PDFLC/mtgdates.pdf -Lit Circle Assignment Calendar


http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/reading/summarizer_WDFDM.pdf - Summarizer


http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/reading/discussion-leader_WDFDN.pdf - Discussion Leader



“Generic” Literature Questions These questions may be used in a book report situation or in individualized reading.



1. Write the names of the most important characters in the story.

2. Identify the relationships of the characters in the story to one another.

3. When and where does the story seem to take place? What clues in the story did you use to determine the place (setting) and the time the story took place?

4. Write about something interesting that happened in the story. You may not use more than 7 sentences. One happening in the story is enough, and not too many details. Can you write this happening in the proper sequence?

5. Where does most of the action take place? Tell or write something that happened in each of the places you mention.

6. Who are the protagonists and the antagonists?

7. What time in history did the story take place?

8. What was the climax (high point) of the story?



1. If there is a picture in the book, tell or write what happened BEFORE the picture and then what happened AFTER the picture. Be brief!

2. Find a sentence in the story that has some words in it that you do not understand. Explain that sentence in your own words. Remember, context of a sentence is important.

3. What did the author want you to think about the main character? What things in the story made you think this is what the author wanted you to think? In other words, can you prove why you think as you do about the main character?

4. What was the cause of any one of the happenings in the story? In other words, what made something happen? Was it something someone did, or said, or something that just happened?

5. Write a summary of the story.

6. Illustrate funny, sad, exciting, etc. parts of the book. Use an art medium that is appropriate to the story.



1. Think of one way that a person in the story solved a problem. When you have decided on the person (or animal, or . . .), tell or write what you learned about solving the problem that you could use sometime in solving a problem of your own. What kind of trouble was he/she in? What was the problem to be solved? Do you have any of the same problems?

2. Think of a situation that happened to a person in the story and decide whether you would have done the same thing he/she did or something different. Tell or write what you might have done in the same situation.

3. Make a colorful illustration of an exciting scene in the book. Glue your picture to a piece of cardboard, laminate it and then cut it into puzzle parts. Be sure to put the title of the book and the author on your puzzle. Put your puzzle in the class reading center for others to enjoy. 4. Select any one of the characters in the story and think of some things each would do if he/she came to your class during reading. Try one character first, then another, and see if you can decide how they would act in P.E., science, etc.

5. Create a diorama from a scene in the book.

6. Make an illustrated dictionary for the NEW words you found in the book as you read it.

7. Write a letter to a friend telling about the book. Be sure to include what or who the book is about, something about the author, the high point in the book, and the ending.

8. Make a map showing the setting of the book.



1. What if you were involved in an exciting part of the story. How would you feel?

2. Write another ending to the story that is different from the one the author wrote. Write a least one paragraph.

3. Write a poem about the story or one of the characters or events.

4. Think back in the story and try rewriting an incident from it. Substitute setting, a secondary character, or add on to the incident. For example, substitute a dog for a wolf in the THREE LITTLE PIGS.

5. Create a game for others to play that will check to see if they really read the book.

6. Design a mobile, poster or bulletin board to promote the book.

7. Have a “Man in the Street” interview with one of the characters in the book.

8. Make some illustrations on transparencies for the overhead projector and use these in the a storytelling situation.

9. Rewrite as necessary to make the book into a play and then present your play to the class.

10. Now that you have read part or all of the book, can you PREDICT what will happen in the rest of the book to the person or animal, to the family? Or what will happen next? Give reasons for you predictions.



1. Was the main character in the book good or bad? Defend your decision with examples from the book.

2. Choose two persons in the story and decide which character is the better of the two and why you think so.

3. Think about two books you have read and tell which one you would recommend to a friend and why.

4. Judge the main character’s actions in the story and describe how you might have acted differently. Think carefully about your decisions and justify your answer.

5. Write a presentation to the school librarian recommending your book for inclusion in the school library. Defend you recommendation appropriately.

6. Choose a character from the book and tell what you think about that person. Do you like him/her? Why or why not? Would you like to have that person as a friend? Why or why not? Be specific and use examples to defend your decision.



1. What part of the story was the funniest? Most exciting? Saddest?

2. Put key events in the story on a sequence chart to use in a “Book Talk” to encourage others to read that book.

3. Think about the story. Write new titles for the story that would give others a good idea about the story.

4. Summarize the story or book including the most important, or key, idea. These ideas influence the outcome of the story. (You may want to brainstorm ideas with others who have read the story.) How did these ideas affect the outcome of the story?

5. Some things in a story are true (facts) and others are someone’s opinion. Think about what was the fact and what was opinion in the story and write a comparative listing of your findings.

6. What was the author’s purpose in writing the book? What idea, feeling, etc. did he want to give you about the theme?

7. Compare the book to a TV program or movie that is similar.

8. Make a class survey of favorite books, authors and subjects. Categorize these and show your findings on a chart.

9. Make a timeline of events in the book.

10. Compare and contrast this book’s main character with a real person you know or with similar character in another book.





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