Reflection: Rigor Literature Circle Discussion Day: A Focus on Characters (Chapters 12-16) - Section 2: Literature Circle Discussion: Student-Directed Groups


I am finding that many of my literature circle discussions are focusing on Quiz Maker, Vocabulary Master and Discussion Director roles, the former two because there is a concrete result students need to complete (the quiz answers and vocabulary assignments on the literature circle worksheets), the later because there are questions for them to provide reactions. Character Sorter is progressively turning into the presentation of information seen in the first instructional video, with little rigor in discussing the significance of the characters. I tend to engage the students, as seen in the second instructional video, in order to get them to discuss the characters. 

In order to inspire deeper discourse on the characters, I think in the  future I will be doing away with discussion director, and dividing writing discussion questions into the Character Sorter, Connector, and Illustrator assignments, with each role creating questions that require students to discuss the characters, connections, or images they have created as well. This will require deeper discourse and questioning on the part of the students, and ensure they are leading their discussions, not me. 

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Literature Circle Discussion Day: A Focus on Characters (Chapters 12-16)

Unit 14: Literacy: "To Kill A Mockingbird" Collaborative Study
Lesson 8 of 15

Objective: SWBAT work collaboratively to analyze how complex characters develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot and develop the themes, through a small-group literature circle discussion.

Big Idea: Continuing collaboratively, students reflect on their strengths and areas in need to improvement before investigating the novel further in their literature circle discussions.

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English / Language Arts, interview, characterization, point of view, literature circles, perspective, discussions, to kill a mockingbird, collaborative learning
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