This literature circle activity for Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" assigns students to one of six roles. The roles vary in difficulty level, allowing teachers to cater to students with various needs.
Each role sheet features a graphic organizer and a question requiring a written response. The roles include the "Symbol Sage" (asks students to examine and explain symbols in the story), the "Interpreter of Dreams" (requires text-based evidence to build an argument that the story is or is not all a dream), and "The Plotter" (a less difficult role for struggling students).
I assign roles before reading the story, and supervise like-groups as they work together in class to complete their sheets cooperatively. Then, the students participate in a presentation while others take notes on their topic, or the students participate in a jigsaw, exchanging information with their peers.