In Term 3, 2 reading groups from my class began a Literacy Circle, the 2 groups were the “X-Men” and “The Avengers”. But there were too many in the Avengers so they got split into to 2 groups, “Avengers 1” and “Avengers 2”.
A Literacy Circle is when a group of people each get a chapter book (each person get’s the same book), they read 1 chapter and get a roll/assignment to do. The assignments are; “Discussion Director”, you right down 3 questions about the book like “What would you do if a pilot in the plane you were in had a heart attack?”, the discussion director in my group asked that question because it’s what happened in the book we were reading.
Secondly there’s the “Word Master” (my first roll). The “Word Master” has to find 4 different interesting words in that chapter, find it’s meaning, and write it’s meaning in your own words, then you choose 1 of those words to put in this 4 box thing (I’m not sure what it’s called), in one of the boxes you draw the word, in another one you write words with a similar meaning, in the 3rd one you put the meaning in your own words and in the 4th one you put a word in a sentence.
Next there’s the “Passage Picker”, the “Passage Picker” finds 3 funny, well written, surprising, thought-provoking or confusing paragraphs in the chapter he or she was reading.
Then there’s the “Connector”, the connector has to find text-to-text (when a moment in the book is almost the same as a moment in another book) in the chapter, text-to-self (when something in the book is almost the same as what happened to you once) and text-to-world (when something in the book is almost the same as what happens in the world).
5th we have the “Illustrator (illustrator)”, the illustrator draws a scene from the chapter and rights a his own sentence telling what is happening in the illustration.
Last but not least we have the “Summariser”. The “Summariser” just summarises the chapter he or she was reading.
There are 6 people in one group, (2 groups didn’t get to do a literacy circle) they get 2 days to do the assignment they were given. After 2 days they all get share what they’ve done.
I was in one of the Avengers, we were reading a book called HATCHET, it’s about a boy who gets lost in the Canadian woods when he’s on a plane to visit his father in Canada. All he has is a hatchet that his mother gave him, he’s all alone with “the secret” in his mind. We finally finished the book and I loved it. I think you should read it it is amazing.
Here are photos of some assignments I did.