Literature Circles

Literature Circles

Use the link below for my virtual “hand in” box. Attach your journal.

Book titles:

To Kill A Mockingbird, The Crysalids, The Cage, If I Die Before I Wake, In the Heat of the Night,

– Choose a novel based on your reading ability and personal interests.

-Each group will decide how many pages will be read in each section. Generally, the book is to be divided into 9 parts. Literature-Circles-reading-schedule- (word)  Literature-Circles-reading-schedule- (pdf)YOU MAY NOT READ AHEAD- it is important that everyone reads, make notes and discusses one section at a time. IF YOU ARE A FAST READER, PLEASE HAVE ANOTHER NOVEL TO READ

-Make all your notes on one document (Reading Journal Template (word)  Reading Journal Template pdf  that will be emailed to your teacher when requested. Make your notes as complete as possible and include page references. Your writing journal will be assessed for quality and completion. See the example to aid in your understanding. Reading Journal Example- Beige (word)  Reading Journal Example- Beige (pdf)

Here is an example of a journal from last year from a grade 9 student: Reading Journal – Lit Circle – If I Grow Up- Example

-Each “Circle” day will start with about 10-15 minutes worth of discussion regarding the notes made for the preceding section. The rest of the class will be spent reading and take notes on the new section.

Literature Circle Roles

For each section of the novel, you will be responsible for one of the following roles- each group member will rotate through the roles so one day you will do Plot development, the next you will do Character development, then Research,  Literary Style, Connections, and Questioning.

1. Plot Development– starts the discussion!

– Make notes on the twists and turns of the plot OR

-Sketches a picture (visualization) of the section. Use colour!!! Stick figures are acceptable. Must show the group your visualization and explain your reasoning.

-Regardless, can you explain what happened? Are there any twists? Foreshadowing? Is there tension growing? Can you identify the climax?

-A brief summary of the plot.

2. Character Development- speaks second.

-Makes notes on how the author is developing the protagonist or other characters

– Look for specific passages that demonstrate both direct and indirect characterization

-Think of specific adjectives to describe the protagonist’s character:naive, proud, insensitive, egotistic, etc.

-Look also for on-line images of what you think the protagonist may look like and share these with the group to see if they agree

3. Researcher

You have a few things to do:

Discussion question for the next day!!!

-First, look up the significance of any names or places to understand why the author made those choices.

-Learn about the location of the novel. Provide background info on the society, culture or history of the location.

-Where possible, share maps and images with your group

-Look up uncommon or difficult words

-As the novel progresses, there will be less background research to do, so while you look up words or factual information, begin to focus on the character development of the other characters in the novel

4. Literary Style

-You need to take notes of interesting passages and literary devices.

-What is the point of view and why is it effective?

-What words or phrases make this story come to life?

-Choose passages that illustrate the novel’s theme or that demonstrate the author’s use of metaphor, imagery, irony, dialect, or characterization.

5. Connections

-List 3 connections from this portion of the novel. This strategy is to help you understand the motivation of the character or to a better understanding of the world around you. Can you connect to:

  1. yourself
  2. other books or movies
  3. the world

6. Questions

Compose 3 DEEP questions you have about this section. Then answer this question with a MAYBE… This can be about:

  1. Motivation of the characters. Eg. Why did Jem cut up the flowers. Answer: Maybe he was…..
  2. Social issues: Eg. Why do the some societies want utopia?
  3. Historical issues: Eg. Why did the Germans treat the Polish Jews so poorly?
  4. Other questions you may have that are not answered with a “yes” or “no” or simple answer.

 To Kill a Mockingbird Novel

Baltimore Riots

Discussion Questions for Lit Circles (journal #7)

Questions for Lit Circles- final questions

Discussion Questions for Lit Circles- final questions

Your Novel in 9 Words

With your group, summarize your novel into 9 words. Be sure to stay focused on the big ideas.

  • Only use adjectives, nouns and verbs- make them count!!
  • Use powerpoint OR some other form of presentation tool to make your 9 “slide” book
  • Use the first slide as a title page (therefore there will be 10 slides in total)
  • For each slide, have the word and an image you think matches the word. Uses images to also highlight your word.
    • Try to make the illustrations consistent (all colour, all black and white, etc)
    • Have the same formatting for each slide
    • You will present your “book” as a group to the class so post it to your edublog.

Assessment– how well were you able to summarize the book while focusing on the theme? Were your images consistent and relevant? Was effort shown in formatting?

Group or Individual Project options:

Lit-circle-individual-projects- gr 10 Lit-circle-individual-projects- gr 10

Debate materials – “Racism will always be a part of modern society” OR “Marginalized groups should be treated differently”

The Language of Debate

Debate Outline- the format of the debate


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