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Published: 03/06/2019
KS3 KS4 | Reading
6 pages

Reading circle roles

A resource that can be used with any novel. A popular approach to reading a whole class text, with students assigned different roles within a reading circle.

Students could also be filmed discussing their findings and then watch their discussions back to peer and self assess. Students become more confident in talking about literature, and their level of engagement increases with this collaborative task. Note templates for each role are included.

Examples of assigned roles:

Word guru

You are the expert on vocabulary! While you read your chosen chapter, make a note of any interesting or powerful words. Aim for about 10. Then get ready to discuss their meaning and their effects on the reader and your rationale for choosing them.

Style ninja

As you read the chapter, think about the literary elements of the language that enhance your enjoyment of the text. These might include descriptive language, symbolism and imagery. 


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Janice Lopes
Janice Lopes
This is excellent. It allows you to assign roles according to students' abilities and also guides them in their reading so that they can get the most out of it.
Posted on 3rd June 2019

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