This document contains the five roles I use when teaching a historical fiction novels in literature circles. Roles can be used on novels that are not historical fiction, but you will want to remove the historical connections page.
The five roles are:
Characterization Page- Requires student to find examples of direct/indirect characterization for the chapter/given reading.
Inference Page- Requires students to make an inference on what will happen next, citing evidence to back up claim.
Historical Connection Page-Requires student to find or read a given (teacher provided) historical document that relates to what was read in the chapter/reading section. I recommend providing the historical artifact the first few times, and then showing students how to find it on their own. I typically found pictures or magazine covers so that students would not have large additional readings. For example, when reading about Copper Sun, my students analyzed advertisements for slave sales or runaway slaves and applied it to what they had just read.
Textual Relations Page- requires students to make text to text, text to self, and text to text connections on what was recently read.
SignPost/Figurative Language Finder- This page requires students to find one of Kylene Beer's signposts and two examples of figurative language from the assigned reading. If your students are not familiar with signposts, you should #1 totally read her book and make them familiar with them, or #2 delete the sign post section and just have them do the figurative language tracking.