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(Some) Literature Circle Roles

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Let's enjoy some tea and a chat about literature!




Name___________________________               Meeting Date __________

Reading ___________________________________


Your job is to draw some kind of picture or thinking map related to the selection.  You can draw a sketch, cartoon, diagram, or any kind of graphic organizer.  You can illustrate something that’s discussed specifically in the reading or something that the reading reminded you of, or a picture that conveys any idea or feeling you got from the reading.  Make your illustration on another sheet of paper, or on the back of this sheet, and attach it to this one before handing in this assignment.


Presentation Plan: Show your illustration without comment to your group members.  Ask them to talk about your picture’s meaning, and to connect the drawing/map to what you’ve read.  After everyone else has spoken, tell them what your thoughts are about your picture.


Comments to share with your group (reasons why you drew what you drew, etc.):




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Name_________________________________ Meeting Date ________

Reading _____________________________

Your job is to find connections between the selection and the world outside. This means making text-to-self, text-to-text, and/or text-to-world connections.

Some connections I found in this reading are (minimum of 3):

Possible kinds of connections:

Happenings at school World events

Problems you have had Artistic or media connections

Similar books or authors Subjects studied at school

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Name______________________________ Meeting Date __________

Reading ___________________________________

Philosophers are people who ask big questions, who do not necessarily accept things at face value but think about the implications, assumptions, and possibilities of what people do and say. You will ask questions that will help your group share its reactions and explore interesting ideas. Ideally, these questions should be ones that you are interested in talking about and that have a number of possible answers.

Possible discussion questions or topics for today (minimum of five!):

Sample Questions

What was going through your mind as you read ___?

What surprised you?

What did you learn from this portion?

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Literary Luminary

Name___________________________ Meeting Date __________


Literary Luminaries are people who celebrate the images, sounds, and ponderings caused by words on pages. They read, they think, and they read things aloud to watch the reactions of their friends and families. You will be the group member who reads great lines aloud to help your group laugh, sympathize, see images, hear sounds, or simply remember the most interesting scenes. These lines could be ones that you like; they might include interesting words or phrases; or they might help you imagine something in a new way. You should also think about HOW you are going to read this line (tone of voice, where you stress the words, etc.) to your group members!

Possible reasons for picking a certain passage:








Use of Poetic Language



Notes/Thoughts about the line(s): ___________________________________




Line(s): _______________________________________________________

Notes/Thoughts about the line(s): ___________________________________




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Device Master/Mistress

(An HB Original...)

Name ______________________ Date _______

Reading ___________________

The device master/mistress knows all the literary devices and elements, and is ever on the lookout for the use of such devices by authors that he/she reads. He/she knows that one of the characteristics of a “good” writer is mastery in using such devices to get the writer’s message across, while understanding that an author cannot possibly use all the literary devices in a piece of literature. The device master/mistress must do three things:

a. find examples of the literary devices in the reading

b. know and be able to explain why these are examples of the literary devices

c. discuss the use of the literary device, and the impact (effect) it has on the author’s message and/or the reader




point of view









rhetorical question






Literary Device Example of literary device Impact on message and/or reader

Literary Device

Example from Literature

Impact on Reader

I thought YOU were bringing the crumpets!