Literature Circle Roles:

1. Moderator (Bring questions): Your job is to get your group started again when they have broken down. Your group may not need you at all, but if the discussion dies, you're the person who will be called upon for a jump start. Your job is to develop a list of questions that your group might want to discuss about this part of the book. Usually the best discussion questions come from your own thoughts, feelings, and concerns as you read. It’s a good idea to keep your notebook handy while you read so you can write down questions as they occur to you. Bring at least five discussion questions to class with you. Discussion questions have answers that do not appear directly in the text. Finding answers requires creating a hypothesis and testing it against evidence from the reading.

2. Literary Critic (Identify important sections): It is your job to bring up important sections of the story for discussion. When you notice something important in the reading, you need to write down the page numbers in your notebook, and briefly describe it (1-2 sentences). Then, during your group’s discussion, you should tell your group to turn to those pages in the book and review that part of the story. You may pick whatever parts of the story you think matter most, but you must be able to explain why they are important or how they show something new about a character. In your notes, after giving the page numbers and summaries of at least three important sections, explain the point of each one and why you picked it.

3. Psychological Critic (Analyze characters): Your job is to look at what the characters say and do, and to try to make probable, believable guesses, based on their words and actions, about how their minds work. Why does each character act the way he/she does? What is his/her state of mind? What shapes his/her point of view? Bring to class a short psychological profile of each major character in the section you read.

4. Anthropological Critic (Explain how the setting affects the story): This story takes place (where) during (when). What observations and deductions can you make about the native culture at that time based on what you have read in this section? What beliefs and behaviors seem strongest or most important? What influences affect the point of view of each of the characters? What new information do you have in this section that allows you to understand this culture better? What problems or difficulties exist within the culture? Bring to class with you a 50-100 word reflection paper explaining and describing your observations and inferences about the culture in this section and the way people interact with each other.

5. Lexicographer (Understanding vocabulary): Your job is to pay special attention to vocabulary, both words and phrases. If anyone has questions about word meaning, you're responsible for helping them understand. Bring to class a listing of at least ten vocabulary words, phrases, sayings, or other short parts which you think might be hard to understand or interpret, along with explanations in your own words. (You may use your lexicographer words for your weekly vocabulary assignment.)

6. Connector (Drawing real-life parallels): You are in charge of connecting what is happening in the work of literature to important events in real-world history, personal experiences you have had, or events that happened in other books you’ve read or movies you’ve seen. The connector will often use phrases like: “This reminds me of the time when…” or “This event was like when…” In your notes, after giving the page number and paragraph numbers of at least three different events the story, explain how it is like another piece of literature or an event in real life.