Literature Circles. Literature Groups. Literature Circles are not an original idea, however, these are original worksheets that I have created to walk my students through this student-lead analysis. This is an assignment that will work for ANY text. Students are divided up into groups and each one assumes a specific role that accompanies the assigned reading. The students complete their roles and report back to their groups with their findings. One student is in charge of directing the group as everyone shares their work. When the discussion is over, the students switch roles and the process begins again.
How Literature Circles work...
1. Break the students up into groups of 5 or 6.
2. Have them decide who will assume each role for that nights reading.
3. The students must complete the reading and their role in the Literary Circle and be prepared to share their findings with their Literary Circle.
4. The following day each group will convene and share their findings from the night before.
5. The Discussion Director leads the group with their 10 Why questions.
6. The Discussion Director then selects each group member to share their findings until everyone has shared.
7. The members then switch roles and complete their new role for the newly assigned homework.
**This assignment affords the students six nights of homework and six class discussions for ANY piece of reading.