Literature Circles

Download Literature Circles

Post on 24-Feb-2016




0 download

Embed Size (px)


Literature Circles. Read, Share, Grow. What is a Literature Circle?. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Literature Circles

Literature CirclesRead, Share, Grow

What is a Literature Circle?"In literature circles, small groups of students gather together to discuss a piece of literature in depth. The discussion is guided by students' response to what they have read. You may hear talk about events and characters in the book, the author's craft, or personal experiences related to the story."Schlick Noe, K. L. & Johnson. N.L., Getting Started with Literature Circles , 1999 Christopher-Gordon Publishers, Inc. p. ix.

Learning GoalsStudents will:

Read a novelParticipate in discussion groups by fulfilling various rolesMake connections between the literature and other texts, films, stories, world events or personal experiencesResearch a relevant issue that exists in the novelPresent their research to classmatesPrepare a media response to the novel

So what novels will we read?You will have the choice of 4 novelsAfter viewing the slide presentation featuring the novels, write down your first, second and third choices on a piece of paper: which novel can you see yourself reading, talking about, writing about?After reviewing the choices, I will assign groups for each novelThe Fault in Our StarsTopics:Dealing with illnessTeenage loveThe power of story

Brief Summary:Hazel, the narrator of The Fault in Our Stars, is a cancer survivor. Brave and indomitable, she is an unforgettable character. As is Gus, whose arrival at the Cancer Kids Support Group turns her whole life upside down. Both stay with the reader long after the novel is over.A heart-warming relationship forms between Gus and Hazel. They visit each other's houses, play games and talk about life. United by their passion for reading they talk a lot about the books they devour and recommend to each other. We follow the novel's narrator on this roller coaster ride that is at the same time funny, unbearably sad, and deeply brave in the face of impending catastrophe.Green brings alive for us a sense of place. It is almost as if we are there with Hazel and Gus. excerpt:Then Augustus Waters reached into a pocket and pulled out, of all things, a pack of cigarettes. He flipped it open and put a cigarette between his lips (19-20)Reviews from

One readers response to this book!5 BEAUTIFUL STARS!!!

An epic buddy re-read of one of my all time favorite books! I loved it even more the second time around! SO AMAZING!!! A book everyone should read! Coming out as a movie in June, 2014. ReviewAn electric portrait of young people who learn to live life with one foot in the grave. Filled with staccato bursts of humor and tragedy, The Fault in Our Stars takes a spin on universal themes Will I be loved? Will I be remembered? Will I leave a mark on this world? by dramatically raising the stakes for the characters who are asking. Jodi Picoult, bestselling author of My Sisters Keeper and Sing You Home ReviewsA smartly crafted intellectual explosion of a romance. -Kirkus, starred reviewA blend of melancholy, sweet, philosophical, and funny. Green shows us true loveand it is far more romantic than any sunset on the beach. -New York Times Book Review Green writes books for young adults, but his voice is so compulsively readable that it defies categorization. The Fault in Our Stars proves that the hype surrounding Green is not overblown. -NPRA pitch-perfect, elegiac comedyit will linger long and hard in the minds of teens and former teens. -USA TodayAn achingly beautiful story. -SLJ, starred review

TwistedHigh school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the backgroundaverage student, average looks, average dysfunctional family. But since he got busted for doing graffiti on the school, and spent the summer doing outdoor work to pay for it, he stands out like you wouldnt believe. His new physique attracts the attention of queen bee Bethany Milbury, who just so happens to be his fathers bosss daughter, the sister of his biggest enemyand Tylers secret crush. And that sets off a string of events and changes that have Tyler questioning his place in the school, in his family, and in the world. new novel, Twisted, isnt set in the same suburb [as Speak], but it might as well be. We find ourselves again in an upper-middle-class public school ruled by an iron-fisted social elite. But this time our guide is a guy the world-class loser Tyler Miller, who at the start of his senior year is just wrapping up a community service stint imposed in punishment for what he calls the Foul Deed. (It involved spray-painting graffiti all over school.Tyler isnt eager to return to school; in fact, he prefers manual labor. I was good at digging holes, he notes. Its the rest of life hes not good at.He may be enrolled in three A.P. courses and calculus, but Tyler is seriously troubled. He immediately begins doing poorly in most of his classes. His nerdy best friend, Yoda, is looking to date Tylers sister. And Tyler is in love (or lust, anyway) with Bethany, whose dad runs the company Tylers dad works for. Tylers dad, an accountant turned executive who is routinely humiliated by his boss, is at home a venomously cruel man prone to rage and emotional abuse. His and Tylers tortured relationship is the axis on which Twisted turns. relationships with parentsTeen romanceClick here for a sample of a student-made trailer for Twisted

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianTopics:RacismBeing marginalizedSelf-worthFinding oneself, expressing oneselfCreating ones own path in life Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the authors own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings that reflect the characters art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he thought he was destined to live. example of Juniors diaryThe book has many graphic art illustrations as an additional way to tell the story Absolute True DiaryLink to a student-made trailer for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianThirteen Reasons WhyTopics:SuicideTeen relationshipsBullyingSelf-realization: getting to know oneself and the effects of ones actions on other people Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Bakerhis classmate and crushwho committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, hell find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clays dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

Here is a link to some readers reviews of the novel Thirteen Reasons Why:

Click here is a link to a video of Hannahs voice recording in the early pages of the novel (from Jay Ashers website):click here