A Literature Circle is similar to a book club. In a Literature Circle, a small group of 4-5 people read the same book. They read independently, but must be at the same point in the book by meeting day. Literature circles will meet once a week to discuss what they have read. Each member of the group has a job to perform at each meeting. The jobs rotate each week. Literature circles meet four times.
Discussion director - brings 4-6 thick questions from reading and leads discussion. Thick questions do not have a precise right/wrong answer. Thick questions often ask for opinions, feelings, and predictions.
Illustrator - creates image to illustrate big ideas, feelings, or symbols from the text that the group discusses. On the back of the illustration, write 2-3 sentences explaining your illustration.
Secretary - writes 5-7 sentence summary of discussion. The summary should include how your group members responded to certain questions, their thoughts/feelings on the events from the text or the characters; or if any members of the group agreed or disagreed about predictions or explanations of events. The summary should NOT be a list of the questions and answers.
Word seeker(s) - chooses 4-6 unique, challenging, or interesting words from the text and writes the sentence in which the word was found and the page number. During the meeting, group members will discuss the words and attempt to determine the meaning based on context. They should refer to a dictionary for verification.
*If a group has more than 4 members, there may be more than one word seeker.