Literature Circles

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In public schools there are reading groups, formed by two to five children in the same class, called literature circles.  In homeschooling, we can use the ideas of literature circles to discuss books with our children.  Depending on which forms you find online, literature circles have different roles for discussion.  These give great ideas for journaling questions and discussion with your kids about the books they read.  All of your children don’t necessarily  have to read the same books.  Each can read a different book and then gather together and share with each other.  These are just starting points for you to mold into your homeschooling program.

Literature Circle #1

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  • Passage Picker – pick parts of the text that are significant, engaging, or unusual and record them, explaining why they fit this category (e.g. an interesting part, a good description, a funny part, a scary part, a sad part)
  • Word Wizard – look for special unknown words in the text and record them along with their meaning/definition (e.g. new vocabulary, different, strange, funny, interesting, important)
  • Artful Artist – visually depict anything about the story that engaged you (e.g. a character, the setting, an event, a surprise, a problem, a prediction of what would happen next)
  • Summarizer – write and share a brief but interesting summary of the reading so far
  • Connector – find and record connections between the book and real life (e.g. your own life, other stories, other people, similar events, similar places)
  • Discussion Director – write down some good questions to discuss with your group (e.g. who, why, when, where, how, what if)

Literature Circles #2

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  • Discussion Director – write a list of questions to discuss with the group
  • Connector – find connections between the book and the outside world
  • Summarizer – prepare a summary of the reading focusing on the most important parts
  • Vocabulary Enricher – look for a few important words that are puzzling or unfamiliar and look up their meanings
  • Illustrator – draw a picture related to what you read (e.g. a sketch, cartoon, diagram, stick figure)

Literature Circles #3

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  • Summarizer – summarize the high points of the reading
  • Word Wizard – pick 3 -5 new words from the reading and look up their definitions
  • Interrogator – choose 3 – 5 interesting questions about the reading
  • Map Maker – pick a story map or graphic organizer to describe the reading (e.g. character map, story elements, venn diagram)

Discussion Director

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Word Wonder (Word Wizard)

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Awesome Artist

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Passage Picker

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Plot Character Fiction Map

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Literature Circle Log

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