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Literature Circles

Job descriptions, learning intentions and success criteria
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C Simpson

on 8 May 2014

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Literature Circles
Story Structure
Summariser
Fortune Teller
To show my understanding across different areas of learning, I can identify and consider the
purpose and main ideas of a text.
• I can discuss structure,
characterisation and/or
setting
I can recall the main events of a story in sequence.
Summariser

Your job is to tell your group what has happened in this week’s reading pages.

Make sure you include only the main events from the story – don’t try to tell everything that has happened!

Use the ‘holding the story in my hand’ format
to organise your summary.

Be prepared to discuss these events and give
your own opinions of them.
I can make sensible
and informed plot
predictions
Make sensible and informed
plot predictions for
your reader.

Show them in the form
of a story map with
at least 3 stops.
Fortune Teller
Character
Character Cop
I can describe a character's personality, supporting my opinions with evidence from the story.
Character Cop

Your job is to build up a picture
of one character’s personality.

Draw the character you have chosen and list at least 4 character traits they have (e.g. friendly, unhappy, cunning, thoughtful).

For each character trait listed you must gather evidence from the book to support your opinion.
Feelings Finder
I can identify and describe a character's changing emotions, supporting my opinions with evidence from the story.
Agony Aunt
• I am learning to use language and style in a way which engages and/or influences my reader.

• I can convey information, describe events, explain processes or combine ideas in different ways.

• I can persuade, argue, explore issues or express an opinion using relevant detail and or other evidence.
Persuasive Pal
• I am learning to use language and style in a way which engages and/or influences my reader.

• I can convey information, describe events, explain processes or combine ideas in different ways.

• I can persuade, argue, explore issues or express an opinion using relevant detail and or other evidence.
• I can respond to literal, inferential and evaluative questions and other close reading tasks and can create different kinds of questions of my own.
Writer's Craft
Writer's Tricks
• I can discuss the writer’s style
and other features appropriate
to the genre.
Word Wizard
• Through developing my knowledge of context clues, punctuation, grammar & layout, I can read unfamiliar texts with increasing understanding and expression.
Understanding
Lie Detector
• To help me develop an informed view I can identify & explain
the difference between fact & opinion.

• To show my understanding I can respond to literal, inferential
and evaluative questions and other close reading tasks and
can create different kinds of questions of my own.

Question Writer

• To show my understanding I can respond to
literal, inferential and evaluative questions
and other close reading tasks and can create
different kinds of questions of my own.

Fact Finder
• I can convey information, describe events, explain processes or combine ideas in different ways.

• Using what I know about the features of different types of texts, I can find, select & sort information from a variety of sources.

In literature circles, small groups of pupils
gather together to discuss a piece of
literature in depth. The discussion is guided
by pupils’ responses to what they have read.

You may hear talk about events and
characters in the book, the author's craft
or personal experiences related to the story.

What are
Literature Circles?

Literature circles provide a way for pupils to
engage in critical thinking and reflection as
they read, discuss, and respond to books.
Collaboration is at the heart of this approach.

Pupils reshape and add onto their understanding
as they construct meaning with other readers.
Finally, literature circles guide pupils to a deeper
understanding of what they read through
structured discussion and extended written and
artistic responses (Literature Circle jobs).

What is their purpose?
After exploring each role or 'job' as a whole class...

1. Select members for the Literature Circles (discussion groups).

2. Assign roles for the members of each circle.

3. Assign reading to be completed by the circles inside or outside of class.

4. Select circle meeting dates.

5. Help pupils prepare for their roles in their circle.

6. Act as a facilitator for the circles.

Setting up Circles...
Background Info..
Created by C Simpson 2014
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