Discuss Books
Collaborative Group Work: Students work collaboratively to discuss problems and ideas in context, to solve problems together, and to complete projects or assessments with a deliberate protocol that establishes norms for student interaction.
Collaborative Group Work: Students work collaboratively to discuss problems and ideas in context, to solve problems together, and to complete projects or assessments with a deliberate protocol that establishes norms for student interaction.

High School Literature Circle Group Roles

Beth's students rejoin their literature circles to discuss the reading that was completed for homework. Each student completed an assignment based on his or her role. These roles allow students to structure their discussions within their literature circles and to also choose the role that best matches their learning style. 

About This Strategy
prep time:
Moderate
Grade Level: Tenth grade
Teaching Challenge: Discuss Books
Elizabeth Slaine
Tucson Magnet High School
Tucson, AZ
Strategy Implementation Questions
Questions to think about when implementing the strategy
  • How could you involve students in the creation or assignment of role responsibilities?
  • How could you support students to create a discussion based on their completed assignments rather than just a reporting out from each member?
Lesson Notes

Students will work in groups for the entire class. The goal is for the students to lead their small group discussions with limited support from me.  In order to improve the functionality of the groups, each group member will have a role.  Each group has five members if everyone is in class.  I combine the last two roles in case some groups are only four due to absences. 

Recorder:  Writes the responses for the group and makes sure that everyone's name is on the final product.

Reporter:  Speaks for the group when it is time to share with the whole class.  Serves as docent for the group during mini presentations.

Task Master:  Keeps group focused on the activity and checks the time.

Credibility Checker:  Makes sure  the group responses contain textual evidence and that evidence correctly connects the response to the text.

Illustrator:  Writes on the board on behalf of the group. Takes care of any drawings necessary to complete the activity.

I allow students to self select their roles in a group.  I remind them to take a different role than they had the last time we worked in groups.  If I see a group is not rotating roles, I may assign roles to that group.

Next we review the responsibilities of each group member.  The primary responsibility to contribute positively to the group by sharing ideas and listening to his/her team members' ideas.  The secondary responsibility  is to fulfill his/her role in the group. 

CC SL 9-10 1 requires students to engage in a range of collaborative discussions.  By designing activities where students work together to accomplish a series of tasks, student will use a variety of discussion strategies to accomplish their goals.  These strategies include: coming to the discussion with prepared material, accessing and sharing prior knowledge, questioning, and decision making. 

Their first task is to answer a question: What element in chapter 5 makes it unique from the first four chapters? Why?

 

About This Strategy
prep time:
Moderate
Grade Level: Tenth grade
Teaching Challenge: Discuss Books
Elizabeth Slaine
Tucson Magnet High School
Tucson, AZ
Artifacts
Instructional Resource
Lesson File:Let's get started ch 5.png
This picture shows the literature circle group roles.
Strategy Implementation Notes
Lesson Section:Let's get started: Creating group roles
This document explains how the literature circle works.
Students In Action
Lesson File:Classroom Video: Staircase of Complexity
This video shows students engaging in a literature circle.