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Literature circles

posted Feb 8, 2016, 9:35 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 8, 2016, 9:36 AM ]

In sophomore and senior English classes, students are reading novels. The sophomores are reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, and seniors are reading “Animal Farm” by George Orwell. English teacher Tamara Salisbury has students in groups of four or five people for things called literature circles, where students can better understand significant characters, plot lines, and other people's opinions on the novel.

“I think literature circles help understand parts of the book that we didn’t get on our own,” senior Skylar Misak said.

Students are assigned designated role sheets that they have to complete by the day of the discussion. The roles are Dr. Psychologist, New Critic, Philosopher King, Moderator, and Historian.

“The discussion is the only reason why I pass the quizzes after,” sophomore Delainey Clum joked.

They are required to discuss their role sheets and anything they might not understand about the novel.

“I like how we discuss in groups and get other people’s views on the book,” sophomore Skyler Kunz said.
Between discussions, the students read the novel individually or as a class. Although it is the more boring aspect of literature circles, the discussions help break up the monotony of reading. Here, sophomore Christian Hedrick reads To Kill a Mockingbird independently.