Within this document are the rules given out to students for their Fishbowl assignment, a preparation sheet for the students in the inner circle, and an observation/rating sheet for students in the outer circle. I personally have three Fishbowls for every novel we read, having one third of the class on the inside on the first day, another one third of the class on the second day, and the last one third of the class on the final (third) day. However, this can be modified many ways to suit the needs of your classroom.
I assign each student from the outside circle two students to observe, take notes on, and rate from the inside circle. I do not allow students to reveal whom they had been assigned until after the Fishbowl is over. I also do not give the inner circle students the observation reports from the outer circle students. Rather, they receive one observation report from me, which summarizes my findings as well as their classmates feedback.
I require students to speak at least 5 times over a 30 minute period (something of value, as opposed to an "I agree," and offer at least three pieces of textual evidence to support their findings. This can be modified for any grade or ability level.
This can be used for poetry, short stories or full length novels.