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Literature Circles for Things Fall Apart

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Name(s):
Date:
Literature Circles for Things Fall Apart
This will count as a SUMMATIVE GRADE at the end of the quarter!!!
Procedure:
As you meet in your groups, begin with each member presenting their assignment
to the group at large. Each Literature Circle assignment involves getting information
from the entire group, so being prepared for your discussion is essential. Make sure you
have all the materials ready. If a group member is not prepared, note that in the
evaluation section. However, how you do in your job each week and how the group
discussion goes will be considered in your final grade at the end.
Jobs:
1. Closer Reader: You will need to select a passage suitable for a close reading to be
performed by members of your group. You are to bring copies of your passage for each
member of your group. As a group:
1. First, decide what the major ideas Achebe is suggesting in the selected passage.
2. Then, determine what significant literary elements are active in the passage,
and how these elements help create the experience of the passage for the reader.
3. Your passage should be marked and annotated and your group discussion
should produce an analytical paragraph based upon your group’s close reading.
2. Proverb Interpreter: Identify the proverbs/wise sayings in the chapters you read.
Copy the saying and, as a group, determine the meaning.
1. Locate each saying and record the meaning on the paper you have prepared in
advance with the saying already recorded.
3. Character Watcher: Who are the major characters in for the assigned readings? For
each character, indicate the following:
1. How do the characters the affect the story in the section you are reading. Do
they provide conflict, contrasting personality, or add another essential element to
the story.
2. Indicate if they change in any way during the course of your assigned chapters.
3. Leave room for you to record the group responses to your observations.
4. Plot Tracker: Your job is to identify the essential events in each selected chapter,
and then to identify both the causes of the events and their respective effects (or inferred
effects) on the story. See if the other group members agree on your selection and make
any necessary changes based upon the group discussion.
Period:
Name(s):
Date:
5. Questioner: Your job is to compose a minimum of five interpretive or speculative
questions per chapter, and to use these questions as the basis for the group discussion. Be
sure and record the answers as part of your discussion. Note any questions that you
discover do not qualify as either interpretive or universal/speculative.
Period:
Name(s):
Date:
CLOSE READER
My Role:
Select a passage to perform a close reading with your group members
Passage contain main ideas and literary elements
Close Reader Discussion/ Analytical Paragraph
Ideas:
1.
2.
3.
Literary Elements
1.
2.
3.
Analytical Paragraph
Period:
Name(s):
Date:
PROVERB INTERPRETER
My Role:
Identify at least 3 proverbs in chapters you have read
Determine the meaning of the proverbs examined
Proverb Identification and Meaning Tracker
Identify Proverb:
1.
2.
3.
Meaning of Proverb
1.
2.
3.
Period:
Name(s):
Date:
CHARACTER WATCHER
My Role
Identify the main characters of the chapters you read
Do the characters affect the story in any way?
Have the characters changed at all during the chapters you read?
Character Tracker
Identify characters. Do they provide conflict, contrasting personality, or add
another essential element to the story?
1.
2.
3.
Do the characters change at all in the chapters read?
1.
2.
3.
Period:
Name(s):
Date:
PLOT TRACKER
My Role:
Identify essential events in chapters assigned
Identify the causes and effects of those events
Plot Events and Cause/Effect
Events
Cause
Effect
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Period:
Name(s):
Date:
QUESTIONER
My Role
Compose 5 questions to discuss in your group from each chapter
Write down answers in chart below
Questions and Answers
Questions
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Answers
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Period:
Name(s):
Date:
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Group and Self Evaluation Form
Chapters: ___________________________________
Date: __________
Group
Member
Names
You:
_________
_________
_________
_________
_________
Quality
participation
(Q&A)
Quality
written work
on role forms
Quality
presentation
Time
management
(on schedule)
Rating Scale: 1= unsatisfactory
2= poor
3= average
4= good
5= excellent
***Write additional comments below***
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