Director/Summarizer

The director/ is responsible for three main tasks. First, you must create a brief summary of the key points of the assigned reading section. This can be in paragraph form, as a time line, as bullet points, or in another way that you find to be helpful to your understanding of the text. Second, you must prepare a list of four to six questions that will help your group members come to a deeper understanding of the assigned reading. Refer back to your Socratic Seminar information to see what types of questions we are looking for. Finally, you are responsible for keeping your group on track during the in-class discussion.
The brief summary, as well as your list of questions, must be submitted before the lit circle begins.


Optional Tools

It is up to you as to how you wish to organize and share your information with the group. You must put your work on the Google Doc, but you might want to explore some options for how to put your information together. Both of the products below can be inserted into your Google doc as an image.
  • Since much of jumps around in sequence, using a timelime might be a good way to review the plot of the book. This document is an easy way to create a quick, visual timeline of events like this:
    test_timeline.png
    test_timeline.png
    Timeline Template b.xls
    Timeline Template b.xls
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This template will create an image like the one above, but with information you enter. Make sure to open the document above called Timeline Template, then save it as a new file on your computer. Follow the simple directions on the sheet to create a custom timeline. All you have to do is type in your information!


  • You could also use the web program Bubbl.us to create a graphic organizer of important events that might look something like this:
    Bubble_us_example.jpg
    Bubble_us_example.jpg