Tired of those blank stares after your class reads a particularly complex passage from a Shakespearean play? Help high schoolers untangle that prose with a literature circle activity. Ten different roles prompt class members to focus on different parts of the text and different reading skills throughout any of William Shakespeare's immortal plays.
- Use all ten roles in larger groups, or choose the most helpful roles that you'll need for smaller groups
- Encourage literature circles to present the results of their discussions in key parts of the plays
- Adapt the lesson to plays or novels by different authors or in different genres
- Some roles require higher reading levels than others; consider differentiating the activity by assigning roles according to reading and skill level within your groups
- Each role encourages learners to think critically about the text
- Fosters both independent study skills and collaborating learning