Literacy Circle Roles


Use the roles defined below to structure group readings in class.
  • Discussion Director: Your job is to develop a list of questions that your group might want to discuss about this part of the reading. Don’t worry about the small details; your task is to help people talk over the big ideas in the reading and share their reactions. Usually the best discussion questions come from your own thoughts, feelings, and concerns as you read. You can list them during or after your reading.
  • Connector: Your job is to find connections between the reading and you, other texts, and the wider world (i.e. text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections). Consider the list below when you make your connections.
    • Your own past experiences
    • Happenings at school or in the community
    • Stories in the news
    • Similar events at other times and places
    • Other people or problems that you are reminded of
    • Between this book and literary works (e.g. nonfiction, fiction, poetry, drama, movies, music, etc.)
  • Literary Luminary: Your job is to locate a few special sections or quotations in the text for your group to talk over. The idea is to help your teammates go back to some especially interesting, powerful, funny, puzzling, or important sections of the reading and think about them more carefully. As you decide which passages or paragraphs are worth going back to, make a note why you picked each one and consider some plans for how they should be shared. You can read passages aloud yourself, ask someone else to read them, or have people read them silently and then discuss. Remember, the purpose is to suggest specific material for discussion.
  • Researcher: Your job is to dig up some background information on any relevant topic related to your reading. This might include
    • The geography, weather, culture, or history of the reading's setting
    • Pertinent information about the author and other related works
    • Information about the time period portrayed in the reading
    • Information on any topics or events represented in the reading
    • Information on any topics or events that may have influenced the author
    • Pictures, objects, or materials that illustrate elements of the reading
    • The history and derivation of words or names used in the reading
    • Information about any character that is based on a historical person
  • Word Wizard (Everyone): Your job is to be on the lookout for a few words that have special meaning in today’s reading. Pay close attention to scientific terms and/or jargon.

This was adapted by Mr. Wiggs from the following source:
"iPad Literature Circles - Literature Circles." iPad Literature Circles - Literature Circles. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2012.