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Literature Circles

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Parvana is an inspiring true story based on a young girl, Parvana, making life-changing decisions while living in Afghanistan. She does not approve of the government and the inequalities she is forced to live under. Parvana has to dress as a boy to make a living for her family. The reader goes on a journey with Parvana, Shauzia and many more real life characters.

Parvana’s life is changed drastically when her father is arrested and taken away. With a household full of girls there is no one to buy food and make a living for the family as only men and boys are permitted outside the house. This is when Parvana has to risk her life out on the streets dressed as a boy. Will anyone find out?…

Pick up this glorious book to feel a mixture of emotions. It will be like your heart is on a roller coaster. At times it is a ‘feel good’ story about family, and other times, a heart wrenching story of loss and need for a better life. This story will transport you to the city of Tabah as an eleven year old tries to make her mark on the world.

For me, this was a fantastic book. I could feel the character’s joy and pain. I would definitely recommend this to a friend; 5 out of 5 stars. The only flaws for me were the ‘cliff hangers’ at the end. There were so many unanswered questions. But I guess that’s always why there is a sequel. Parvana is now one of my favourite books.

This was a fantastic tale told by Deborah Ellis and I can’t wait to read the sequels. It’s a great read and an eye opener to life in Afghanistan.

By A. S.

To conclude our Literature Circles sessions for the term you are going to to write a review of your book. You need to include;

  • your book’s title
  • author
  • a summary of the story (don’t give away the ending!)
  • a rating out of five

Your summary should include –

  1. where the story is set
  2. a brief synopsis of some of the main characters
  3. a brief rundown about the complication in the story

You need to draft, proof read and edit your review before you publish it as a comment on this post. You should read through your summaries in your workbook to help you write your review!

Find an image of the book online and include it with your book review.

Include the call number of your book so that if someone else wants to read the book they could locate it in the library.

Term 3 2019


5L Literature Circles Quality Work

lit circles grid (activities)

Literacy Circles 2019

Habits Of Mind Chart

New Literacy Circles Job Prescriptions

Choose from the green titles only in Grade 5.


Discussion Director

Figurative Language

HOM Character Analyser


Passage Picker

Literacy Luminary

Word Wizard


Plot Twister

Character Captain

 Term 1

What you need to do!

You will get time to work on tasks at school but you must also complete some of the work at home.

You must be ready to report to your group when it is time to share.

Every time you complete a role you will share it at the group meeting.

If you forget to read you will fall behind. :(

Create a Literature Circles page on your blog. You could take pics of your work and place it into your page.

Glue your organisation chart onto your yellow wallet! Make sure you use a strong glue, as the glue sticks may not be strong enough.


What is a Literature Circle?

A literature circle is a small group of students that are reading the same book.

How does a Literature Circle group work?

Groups meet regularly to discuss the part of the book they have agreed to read up to. Each student has a different role in these discussions and they take turns to share their completed tasks. These roles rotate each session. Each session is led by ‘Discussion Director’ who prepares questions to promote comprehension of the text and guides discussion.

Every group member must make a short summary about the section they have read and a prediction about will will happen next. This is to be completed as a comment on their group’s page on the grade blog.



When the group completes their text they prepare a Showcase to present their reading journey to the whole class. In the past, students have celebrated their text by acting out a scene, designing a 3D model, creating an advertisement for the book or giving a multimedia presentation…the sky is the limit!

How will your group celebrate the text..?


Literature Circle roles

Discussion Director

Word Wizard


Literary Luminary



Character Captain



Tips for presenting your role:

Tips for presenting roles


29 Comments to

“Literature Circles”

  1. October 24th, 2013 at 5:05 am      Reply Van Van Says:

    Lit Circles Prediction

    I predict that Penelope will become a mean girl. Since Max doesn’t want anyone sitting next to him, he might do something bad to make Penelope change spots!

    Van Van

  2. October 24th, 2013 at 10:16 am      Reply Tyler J Says:

    Dear Miss L,

    My Lit Circles book is ‘Why I hate School’ and this is my prediction.

    Michael might be sent to the Principal’s Office for doing a naughty thing again!

    Tyler J

  3. October 26th, 2013 at 2:40 am      Reply Tyler J Says:

    Hi Miss L and 5L

    Here is my second prediction of Why I hate School.

    I think Michael’s mum might go into the room Michael is in, and then find out about the work.

    From Tyler J

  4. October 27th, 2013 at 7:24 am      Reply Stephanie Says:

    Dear Ms L,
    I couldn’t predict anything because it was the end of a chapter but I think Sam the Snake used to live in a desert somewhere near people’s houses in Africa and he/she slithers across the road and gets run over by a car so he/she goes to the vet or hospital.

    From Stephanie

  5. October 27th, 2013 at 7:49 am      Reply Stephen Says:

    I predict that in Why I Hate School we will find more about the project that Sharon and Michael are doing about each other’s family’s.

  6. October 28th, 2013 at 4:23 am      Reply Kris Says:

    I predict Sam will get an eyepatch from a doctor

  7. October 30th, 2013 at 4:02 am      Reply Alin Says:

    Prediction 2
    I think that in the next chapter another animal will tell a story about how he/she got to the Lort Smith Animal Hospital, and that He/she will also tell the story of a friend.
    From Alin!

  8. October 31st, 2013 at 9:20 pm      Reply Tyler J Says:

    Session 4 prediction

    My prediction in Why I Hate School.

    I think that Michael’s dad stays home for the day.

    Tyler J

  9. November 1st, 2013 at 12:17 am      Reply Stephen Says:

    I predict that Michael’s liking for school will go stronger and his going to become more intellegent than he used to do it.
    From Stephen

  10. November 1st, 2013 at 1:36 am      Reply Jagsir Says:

    Dear Miss.L
    I predict that Sam and Olki will be cornered by the man eater and will have to find a way out.
    From Jagsir

  11. November 1st, 2013 at 1:41 am      Reply Nicholas Says:

    Dear Ms L,

    I predict that the man eater will come back and try eat Olki and Sam. But Olki and Sam will some how get out of the man eater eating them because it could be injured.

    From Nicholas

  12. November 1st, 2013 at 1:41 am      Reply Peter Says:


    I predict that Sam will try and get the spear so he can escape with Olki

  13. September 5th, 2014 at 2:33 am      Reply molhar14 Says:

    Dear Miss Lovelace,
    I predict that in the next area in our book I think that Josh will stay in with the chess club. I also think that the cross country runners will turn into geeks. I also believe that anything that the Chess Squad does will go big around the school!
    From Molly.

  14. September 11th, 2014 at 2:19 am      Reply adewoo14 Says:

    Dear Miss L
    This is my prediction

    I predict that Ellen and Jamie will move to another place because of Ned Kelly.

    From Aden

  15. September 16th, 2014 at 2:12 am      Reply adwoo14 Says:

    Dear Miss L
    this is my prediction

    I predict that Ellen and Mr Turner will get married because
    Mr Turner needs money and Ellen is getting money
    from her job.

    From Aden

  16. November 10th, 2014 at 3:42 am      Reply aliaiy14 Says:

    Dear Ms Lovelace,
    I predict that the Duchess Of Bathwater will ask Marvin to visit the King and a lot of other people will come to visit.
    From Alice

  17. August 28th, 2019 at 11:27 pm      Reply Zoe Moon Says:

    Figgy and the President

    Figgy and the President is an amazing and well-detailed book. Figgy lives in Ghana (which is in Africa), with her cousins, a friend and Grandma Ama. Figgy gets the role as an orphan in a movie that some white people are producing.

    During the book you go through a series of emotions such as; anger, happiness and sadness. Nana, Figgy’s friend gets kidnapped by his father and is put to work as a slave. Nana previously ran away from his father after getting beaten by a whip.

    Overall I would give this book a five out of five. My only issue with the story is the names of the characters. Some of them are very hard to pronounce.

    This was an inspiring book which teaches people that when something bad happens it can be fixed. The story shows determination and I seriously can’t wait to read the next one.

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