Literature circles help students to delve deeper into the meaning of novels in order to have a better understanding of literary devices, literary elements, themes, etc. Each student is given a role for each literature circle. The role is tied to a particular literary device or element to focus on for the assigned reading. On lit circle day, students come to prepared to discuss their literary elements.
This document contains
- 4 roles with guided worksheets for each role (artistic adventurer, motives and conflict catcher, artwork analyst, and discussion director). The Artistic Adventurer analyzes character. The Motives and Conflicts Catcher analyzes the types of conflicts in the story and the motivations behind characters' actions. The Artwork Analyst analyzes artwork (for shading, lines, zooming in, details, etc. - I used Scott McCloud's Art of Comics to teach analyzing art before the lit circles. You can Google this and find a free PDF online). The Discussion Director creates socratic seminar style questions.
- Teacher's Guide (tips and tricks of how to plan and conduct literature circles).
- Student Direction Sheets to Prepare for Lit Circle (directions for each role)
- Links to all Google docs and Google Slides so that you can edit them!
- Links to outside resources that can help students to complete assignments.
- Student Directions for How to Participate in Lit Circle (with the link to the Google Slides document)
This document could be edited to create literature circles for other graphic novels, but this resource has been specifically tailored to Maus by Art Spiegelman.