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Discussion Director

Name:

Text Selection:

Book:

Author:

Multiple Perspectives

Big Idea

Prepare questions for your group based around a big idea and avoid focusing on the details. Look
for themes or one idea that weaves throughout the selection.

Good discussion questions will not have a clear right or wrong answer. They can be answered and
supported in multiple ways (multiple perspectives). What questions can you think of?

Unanswered Questions

Ethics

Look for any ethical issues in the selection when creating discussion questions. Topics can include,
conflict, stereotypes, prejudices, biases, and social expectations.

Base your questions on any ambiguous (unclear) information from the selection. Does a character
act unexpectedly? Are there any unanswered questions about the plot or conflict?

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Connector
Name:

Text Selection:

Book:

Author:
What connections can you make between this
selection and your own life, school events, or
community events?

How does this selection relate to something


from another subject (science, social
studies/history, art, math, etc.)?

How does this selection connect to something


that you have read or experienced?

Compare and contrast the cultural norms


presented in this selection with current cultural
norms.

Connect any rules that the characters must


follow with rules you have observed in other
texts, the world, or your personal life.

What values do the characters of the selection


have? How do they compare to your values?

What biases, stereotypes, or prejudices were


revealed in the selection? Have you observed
these in other texts or real-world experiences?

Ethics

Rules

Across Disciplines

Trends

Connect something from this reading selection


to a current event or trend.

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Vocabulary Enricher
Text Selection:

Book:

Author:
What descriptive words and phrases stand out to you?

Language

of the

Disc.

Name:

Patterns

Find words that have been repeated in the selection. What is their significance?

Unanswered Questions

Rules

How does the author follow the rules of effective word choice in this selection?

Identify words that are unfamiliar to you and find their definitions.

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Literary Luminary
Name:

Text Selection:

Book:

Author:
Find a quote the reveals setting.

Find examples of literary devices (metaphors, similes, alliteration, personification, onomatopoeia,


irony, hyperbole).

Language

of the

Disc.

Details

Find a quote that reveals characters or conflict.

Rules

Provide examples of the author following rules of plot structure in this selection (inciting force,
problem/conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, etc.)

Big Idea

Find a passage that represents the theme or big idea of the selection.

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Investigator
Text Selection:

Book:

Author:

Relate Over Time

Across Disciplines

Name:

Research the geography, weather, climate, or history of the selections setting.

What information can you find about the time period of the selection?

Trends

What are some pictures, objects, materials, or music that illustrate elements of the selection?

Ethics

What are some ethical and/or moral issues your group should know about in order to better
understand the selection?

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Plot Profiler
Text Selection:

Book:

Author:

Details

Name:

Setting: Where did the selection begin?

Page(s) ______

Setting: Where did the key events of the selection happen?

Page(s)______

Setting: Where did the selections events end?

Page(s) ______

Details

Characters: What are the most important details in the selection that describe the characters?

Relate Over Time

Patterns

Create a timeline of events for this selection.

What changes did you observe in any of the following: characters, setting, or conflict?

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Illustrator
Name:

Text Selection:

Book:

Author:

Big Idea

Illustrate an image that comes to mind when you think of the big idea or theme of this selection.

Details

Illustrate an image that comes to mind when you think of the characters in this selection. Find a
quote from the selection to use as a caption for your illustration.

Trends

Create an illustration that reflects any trends within the selection.

Ethics

Create an illustration that represents the conflict/problem or an ethical issue within the selection.

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Discussion Director

Your job is to make text-to-self, text-to-world, and text-to-text connections. This means
connecting the selection to your own life, to events at your school or within the community, or to
information that can be found in other books. There are no right or wrong answers, so go for it
and make some meaningful connections!
Presenting:
1. Wait for the Discussion Director to invite you to present.
2. First share the detail from the selection that relates to your connection. Help students
open their books to the same page.
3. Identity if your connection is text-to-self, text-to-world, or text-to-text.
4. Share your connection! Repeat these steps until youve shared all of your connections!

Literary Luminary

Vocabulary Enricher

Your job is to create a list of questions that your group will use to discuss the selection. Dont
focus too much on the details; your task is to help foster a discussion about the big ideas or
themes within the selection. Great discussion questions can be found by considering your own
thoughts, emotions, or concerns as you read. Some of the very best discussion questions can be
answered in almost opposite ways and are supported with evidence from the selection.
Sample Questions:
1. How did you feel when reading this selection?
2. Were you surprised by anything in the selection?
3. Do you agree or disagree with? Why?
4. What unanswered questions do you have about the selection?

Connector

Literature Circle Jobs

Your job is to scope out some significant/important words or phrases from the selection. While
youre reading you can jot down any words that are confusing, and then later find their definitions
from a dictionary or a reliable online resource. Include words that stand out to you; perhaps they
are used in an unusual way or repeated often in the selection. You may also wish to include words
that are key to understanding the selection.
Presenting:
1. Come prepared with words, page numbers, definitions, and notes explaining your choices for
each word.
2. Help your group members find the words in the book and discuss what you have collected.
Your job is to collect a few special excerpts from the selection that your group would enjoy hearing
read aloud. The purpose is to help your group members remember some interesting, powerful,
exciting, confusing, or important elements from the selection. You can read the passages aloud
yourself, or have a group member read them aloud.
Presenting:
1. Come prepared with around 3-4 passages to read and their page numbers.
2. Share your reasons for choosing these excerpts (e.g., important, informative, surprising,
controversial, funny, well-written, confusing, thought-provoking, etc.)
3. Decide on a plan for reading (e.g., you will read them aloud, group members will read them
aloud, or everyone will read them silently to themselves).
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Illustrator

Plot Profiler

Investigator

Literature Circle Jobs

Your job is to do a little research on background information related to any topic of the selection.
Dont worry; this isnt a formal research report! Topics to include might be, geography, weather,
culture, or history of the selections setting. Perhaps you can include the origin of words or names
used in the selection, or music and/or art that reflect the time period of the selection. You can
also include information about the author (e.g., brief biography, other work, etc.)
Gathering Information:
1. Check out the preface or about the author section of the book.
2. Check the Internet.
3. Use other novels, nonfiction texts, or your social studies and science textbooks.
Your job is to document all of the important information related to the plot. You will describe each
setting in detail making sure to note the page numbers where these settings are introduced.
Make sure to also record any significant details that are revealed about the characters, as well a
basic timeline of the events of this selection. Another thing to be on the look out for is change:
change within characters, setting, conflict, etc.
Presenting:
1. Important information about the setting(s)
2. Important information about the character(s)
3. A basic timeline of the events in the selection
4. Any significant changes you notice in the selection.
Your job is to create pictures related to the selection. You can make a sketch, cartoon, diagram,
flow-chat, etc. Your illustrations might be based on something specifically mentioned in the book, or
they might be based on something that the selection reminded you of. You can also base your
drawings on feelings and/or emotions that you felt while reading the selection.
Presenting:
1. Wait for the Discussion Director to invite you to present.
2. Without you commenting, each member of the group can interpret the meanings of your
illustrations.
3. Lastly, you get to explain the meaning, significance, and origin of your illustrations.

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Literature Circle Rubric


Text Selection:

Book:

Author:

Discussion

Reading

Job Completion

Name:

o The job is often


incomplete.
o Work is completed with
little to no effort.
o Work lacks thoughtful
response or
interpretation.
o Does not complete most
job requirements.
o Responses lack
support/evidence from
the text.

o The job is not always


completed.
o Work is completed with
minimal effort.
o Work shows some
thoughtful response or
interpretation.
o Parts of the job are
incomplete.
o Reponses include a small
portion of
support/evidence from
the text.

o The job is completed


independently and on
time.
o Work is completed with
thought and care.
o Work generally shows
thoughtful response or
interpretation.
o Most parts of the job are
complete
o Reponses include
support/evidence from
the text.

o Assigned reading
selection is often
incomplete.

o Assigned reading is
usually completed.

o Assigned reading is
completed on time.

o The job is completed


independently and on
time.
o Work is completed with
great thought and care.
o Work shows great depth
and insight.
o All parts of the job are
clearly completed.
o Responses are
meaningful, relevant and
are completely supported
with evidence from the
text.
o Assigned reading is
completed on time with
notes

o Little to no participation
in the circle.
o Doesnt provide input or
make connections with
the selection.

o Makes some effort to


participate in the circle.
o Makes some attempts
to provide input or
connections to the
selection.

o Makes a general effort


to participate in the
circle.
o Makes a general effort
to provide input or
connections to the
selection.

o Makes enthusiastic
contributions to the
group discussion.
o Makes insightful and
profound contributions to
the discussions, which
include meaningful and
important connections.

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