Literature Circles Package & Overview

Today you chose your novels for our Literature Circle / Book Club Study for the month of December. Remember that you are to be shifting your role / responsibility from week to week. Here is the organizer package to help you with what you are to be exploring within your various roles.

You must have your responsibility completed for each Friday’s in-class discussion with your peers. Your post can go up for the Monday but you must be ready for the conversation each Friday!

NOTE: If you chose to be a group of 3 you MUST have two group members double up roles each week. Otherwise, your conversation will be lacking the depth necessary to explore the novel on a rich level. (Yes, this is an addendum to the message I gave in class today so be aware!)

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What does a Literature Circle Discussion look like? Here’s a really good example. NOTE: Their roles are named differently but the context is the same.

Character Analysis Essay Assignment

Here is your Character Analysis Essay Assignment for your Literature Circle Novel Study. The assignment refers specifically to To Kill a Mockingbird but don’t be thrown off by that. Replace the character names with those from your particular novel and you’re good to go. We analyzed the sample essay included in class and I will post our notes from today’s discussion.

Which character are you going to explore?

Examples of Character Traits

Character Trait Descriptive Adjectives

Want to explore something a bit deeper? You may choose to write a thematic or conflict analysis instead.

A strong conflict analysis will:

  • identify the conflict, noting where the conflict is first seen in the text
  • describe how the conflict evolves, noting those places where it develops during the novel
  • explain how and why the conflict is resolved

A strong thematic analysis will:

  • identify the topic (beauty, love, illusion, peace, friendship, reality, idealism, for example) and where it
  • first presents itself in the text
  • describe how the topic evolves over the course of the novel into a theme, noting those places where the
  • topic is most clearly seen
  • explain how the topic has changed over the course of the novel, offering what final thematic statement is
  • made about the topic by the novel’s end.

A strong character analysis will:

  • identify the type of character it is dealing with.
  • describe the character
  • discuss the conflict in the story, particularly in regards to the character’s place in it.

DUE June 8th!


2-pages double-spaced – 12 pt font max
750-ish words (BUT do not count words – make your essay long enough but no longer)

3 Solid pieces of proof per body paragraph are required!
Remember to explain each one in detail within the context of your paragraph and in support of your thesis.

NOTE: you will submit this assignment to Turnitin.com – details to follow.


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Giving credit where credit is due! Thanks to Ms. Gallagher for her awesome contributions and for sharing this great work. Check out her page HERE.