The three novels included in this literature circle packet all revolved around the world's favorite candy - chocolate! The following activities are all the same style of activity, but are rewritten for their specific book. Differentiation is in the content and level of the literature, not the assignments completed. Many people run their literature circles in different ways.
When my coworker and I had talked, we chose one day a week to have a parent volunteer come in and “run” the group, while we circulated and participated in all groups at some point during the workshop time. We hoped the parents were consistent on a weekly basis, so they could get to know the students, as well as develop a relationship that would help them focus on the tasks at hand, and not being with their “Mom” or “Dad” who was leading. This is where the 5 meeting discussion chart helps the discussion leader keep track of what they are working on in their group, and it is documentation for the teacher when grading individuals.
The other days of the week were used to teach the skills that would be covered in small group (prior to meeting), and provide novel work time after they had read their required pages. Skills covered throughout include: word work (choice vocab), retelling of story (visually and written), character traits, and story elements. Bonus activities include connections (text to world, self, and text), as well as cause and effect. All three novels lend themselves to covering these topics easily.