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									Literature Circles
       Stones
   By William Bell




     English 9
    Ms. Bareikis
      "It was Ms. Clare who first noticed there was
something wrong with me."
      Garnet Havelock knows what it's like to be on
the outside, not one of the crowd. Now, in his final
year of high school, he's just marking time, waiting to
get out into the real world. Then a mysterious girl
transfers to his school and Garnet thinks he might
have found the woman of his dreams--if only he
could get her to talk to him.
      Eventually he succeeds, and at the same time,
he becomes caught up in a mystery centered in his
own community. As he and Raphaella draw closer to
the truth, they uncover a horrifying chapter in his
town's history.
Frequently Asked Questions

The following are frequently asked questions regarding literature circles and how they
function within the classroom. If you have any other questions please ask.

   1. What are literature circles?

   Literature circles are a student-centered reading activity that involves various roles assigned
   to each student on a weekly basis. The group provides you an opportunity to control your
   own learning; to share thoughts concerns and work with others in a group setting.

   2. How do they work?

   Each group has their own workbook and there are various tasks, which various people are
   assigned to each week (see roles). The group will get together during class time to assemble
   all of the work as well as to complete the discussion element. Only the reading is to be
   completed outside of the classroom – everything else will be worked on in class.

   3. What are the roles?

   The roles are explained on the following page.

   4. How often do we do them?

   The roles change weekly. You will receive a chart with the names of your group members and
   the various roles that they are assigned to each week so that you can keep track.

   5. Do I get to pick who is in my group?

   Nope.

   6. What happens if one of my group members does not carry their own weight?

   If this should happen (and I sincerely hope that it does not) please notify me as soon as
   possible so that we can deal with it. If you and your group leave this problem until the end
   then it is too late; your group will receive the mark that it receives regardless of the lack of
   effort on a particular member.

   7. How are we marked?

   There will be quizzes throughout, workbooks will be completed at the end, and there will be a
   final project and test.
Roles

The following is a list of the roles within a literature circle and an explanation of what
each role does.

The Definer            The Definer is responsible for looking at the more challenging
                       words within the chapters and defining them for the group. In
                       order to facilitate the understanding of the words, the Definer
                       must also create an original sentence that uses the vocabulary
                       word correctly.

The Recorder           The job of the Recorder is to document all of the responses that
                       their group gives to the questions for the section that was to be
                       read as well as the questions that the Illustrator/Questioner
                       brings. They may do them in point for during the conversation,
                       but they must be typed or printed out in full, complete sentences
                       in order to be placed in the group’s workbook.

                       The Recorder is also the mediator/leader of the group and will
                       lead the discussions and insure that their group is on task.

The Terminator         Literary terms and devices are the responsibility of the
                       Terminator. A list will be given that tells them which devices the
                       need to keep their eyes peeled for in the assigned chapters. They
                       may have to explain them and/or give evidence of their existence
                       in the text. However, there may be other tasks as well.

The Summarizer         Summaries are the responsibility of the Summarizer. They must
                       provide a chapter summary for each chapter (not one big one for
                       the assigned chapters). The summaries should provide an
                       overview of the action in the chapters, who was involved, and
                       where it took place. Summaries must be in paragraph form.

The Illustrator/       Each section that is assigned to be read must be accompanied by
The Questioner         an illustration of one scene: this is the Illustrator’s job. It doesn’t
                       need to be fine art, but it does need to be colourful and give a
                       proper depiction of some event within the section.

                       This person is also responsible for developing five additional
                       questions to discuss with their group. They might choose to focus
                       on things that confused them about the section, things they
                       wondered about, or anything else that they can think of to
provoke discussion within the group. The questions must be
written down and provided to the Recorder at the beginning of
the discussion session.
Reading Assignment

The following is your weekly schedule of assigned readings. You must have the
chapters read prior to class. You may NOT read Stones during silent reading.
However, if your group should finish all of the activities early, you may begin to read
the next week’s chapters in class.



                                Week 1: Chapters 1 – 5

                                Week 2: Chapters 6 – 10

                                Week 3: Chapters 11 – 18

                                Week 4: Chapters 19 – 24

                                Week 5: Chapters 25 – 32




Workbook Assignment

Everything that each person is responsible for must be placed in your group’s duotang.
That is, all of the roles involve a written component. You must write down everything
that you do. Your group’s workbook must be in order, it must be neat, it must be
complete, and it must be thorough. As all of the work for the workbook will be
completed in class there is no excuse for an incomplete workbook.

Your group is required to make a title page and a table of contents for your workbook
before it is handed in. Your workbook will be marked on completion as well as depth of
discussion and thought.
Week 1: Chapters 1 – 5

The Definer      The following are your vocabulary words. Please define them
                 using a dictionary, record the definition, and provide an original
                 sentence that demonstrates your comprehension of the proper
                 usage of the word.

                 1.   monotonous                  6.    hoax
                 2.   ignoramus                   7.    din
                 3.   convoluted                  8.    ankh
                 4.   lexicon                     9.    obscenity
                 5.   covey                       10.   anorak

The Recorder     Discuss the following questions with your group and take point
                 form notes to help you remember the discussion. Use textual
                 evidence where ever you can. Write down the conclusions that
                 your group arrives at in good copy at the end.

                 1. Briefly describe the events that led to the three letters sent to
                    Garnet’s home from his elementary school.
                 2. Summarize Garnet’s reasons for rejecting the notion of love at
                    first sight.
                 3. Summarize Raphaella’s rebuttal of Garnet’s rejection of love at
                    first sight.
                 4. In the debate about love at first sight, Garnet and Raphaella
                    take different positions. After answering the two questions
                    above, decide whose side you group is on and give your
                    reasons for your view (you may not all agree, and that is fine,
                    just make sure you are recording your discussion).
                 5. Make a judgment on the type of person you consider Garnet to
                    be. What are some of his character traits and what are the
                    proofs for those traits?



The Terminator   Similes are a comparison of two unlike things using the words
                 like, as, or than.

                 There are a plethora of similes in the first five chapters. Find four
                 examples of similes that compare people to something and record
                 them with the appropriate page number.
                   With each simile you must break it down and explain what is
                   being compared and what the effect of the comparison is. For
                   example:
                          Tim is as fast as a cheetah.
                          What is being compared: Tim and a cheetah.
                          What is the effect of the comparison: Tim is being shown
                          as very fast.

                   Now you must make four of your own similes to describe your
                   group members via comparison of unlike things. As above, with
                   each simile, you must explain what is being compared and what
                   the effect of the comparison is.

The Summarizer     Write a short paragraph summary for each of the first five
                   chapters.

The Illustrator/   Choose an scene within the first five chapters and create an image
The Questioner     which depicts it colourfully.

                   Create five questions regarding issues that puzzle or concern you
                   about events, characters, or anything else that you are wondering
                   about. Use some of the following starters if you are struggling to
                   create questions:

                   I am confused about…
                   I wonder…
                   I think that…
                   How did…
                   Why did…
Week 2: Chapters 6 – 10

The Definer      The following are your vocabulary words. Please define them
                 using a dictionary, record the definition, and provide an original
                 sentence that demonstrates your comprehension of the proper
                 usage of the word.

                 1.   frigid                     6.    stratagem
                 2.   lectern                    7.    frantic
                 3.   articulate                 8.    notation
                 4.   summon                     9.    vulnerability
                 5.   septic                     10.   chattel

The Recorder     Discuss the following questions with your group and take point
                 form notes to help you remember the discussion. Use textual
                 evidence where ever you can. Write down the conclusions that
                 your group arrives at in good copy at the end.

                 1. During the blizzard in March, Garnet is forced to spend the
                    night in a strange building. Describe his reaction to his
                    experience during the night.
                 2. In what way is Raphaella different from “most girls” in
                    Garnet’s view?
                 3. The fact that Garnet has a particular attitude to Raphaella and
                    what makes her “different” tells us something about his
                    personality; what is it?
                 4. Why does Garnet go to see Raphaella at the opera house and
                    what happens when he does?
                 5. Garnet’s plans for his future are controversial at his house.
                    What is his father’s reaction? What is his mother’s?
                 6. Parents and children often conflict about the child’s plans for
                    the future. Whose point of view should count the most in
                    your opinion? Give your reasons.

The Terminator   Identify what type of point of view is being used in the story.
                 Explain why this particular point of view is effective within the
                 story. Look at the other points of view that you are aware of.

                 Explain why you think the author chose not to use them. Be
                 detailed in your explanation.

The Summarizer   Write a short paragraph summary for chapters six to ten.
The Illustrator/   Choose an scene within chapters six to ten and create an image
The Questioner     which depicts it colourfully.

                   Create five questions regarding issues that puzzle or concern you
                   about events, characters, or anything else that you are wondering
                   about. Use some of the following starters if you are struggling to
                   create questions:

                   I am confused about…
                   I wonder…
                   I think that…
                   How did…
                   Why did…
Week 3: Chapters 11 – 18

The Definer      The following are your vocabulary words. Please define them
                 using a dictionary, record the definition, and provide an original
                 sentence that demonstrates your comprehension of the proper
                 usage of the word.

                 1.   jaunt                       6.    mortar
                 2.   moccasin                    7.    modular
                 3.   oblong                      8.    occult
                 4.   sanctum                     9.    reverent
                 5.   enviable                    10.   unfurl

The Recorder     Discuss the following questions with your group and take point
                 form notes to help you remember the discussion. Use textual
                 evidence where ever you can. Write down the conclusions that
                 your group arrives at in good copy at the end.

                 1. Describe the dream that Garnet has on the night of the move
                    to Matchedash Street.
                 2. For what specific reason is Raphaella uneasy about the African
                    Methodist church?
                 3. Explain how the “romance” plot and the “supernatural” plot
                    begin to come together.
                 4. In this section we learn quite a bit about Raphaella. What is
                    there about psychology that interests her? Define in your own
                    words what she mans by “presences.”
                 5. What is Raphaella’s reaction to the “haunting” and what does
                    she think she and Garnet should do about it? How will that
                    help?
                 6. Describe Garnet’s self-described “split personality.”

The Terminator   A sub-plot is a secondary plotline in a story that is of less
                 importance than the main plot.

                 In question number three above, you dealt with the “romance”
                 plot and the “supernatural” plot. In your opinion, which is the
                 main plot and which is the sub-plot? Using point form, trace the
                 development of each plot through Part One up to this point in
                 Part Two.

The Summarizer   Write a short paragraph summary for chapters eleven to eighteen.
The Illustrator/   Choose an scene within chapters eleven to eighteen and create an
The Questioner     image which depicts it colourfully.

                   Create five questions regarding issues that puzzle or concern you
                   about events, characters, or anything else that you are wondering
                   about. Use some of the following starters if you are struggling to
                   create questions:

                   I am confused about…
                   I wonder…
                   I think that…
                   How did…
                   Why did…
Week 4: Chapters 19 – 24

The Definer      The following are your vocabulary words. Please define them
                 using a dictionary, record the definition, and provide an original
                 sentence that demonstrates your comprehension of the proper
                 usage of the word.

                 1.   amplified                  6.    inscription
                 2.   kerchief                   7.    indigents
                 3.   marrow                     8.    cache
                 4.   tentative                  9.    rigid
                 5.   oppressive                 10.   sardonic

The Recorder     Discuss the following questions with your group and take point
                 form notes to help you remember the discussion. Use textual
                 evidence where ever you can. Write down the conclusions that
                 your group arrives at in good copy at the end.

                 1. What does Garnet learn about the African church from his
                    father?
                 2. In chapter nineteen Garnet gives us a great deal of
                    information. What do we learn about:
                        a. The woman in the woods
                        b. The Maitland farm
                        c. The Duvaliers
                 3. What does “eight wish” mean and how is it significant?
                 4. What does Garnet learn about Hannah from Elizabeth’s diary?
                 5. What effect does Hannah’s execution have on Raphaella?
                    What about on Garnet?
                 6. There are three very strong and knowledgeable women in this
                    story. By first preparing your answer in point form, write a
                    comparison of Annie, Raphaella, and Hannah. How are they
                    strong women?

The Terminator   Reflect back on your informational brochure on witches and witch
                 hunts. When you look at the way that Hannah died and the
                 person who she was and you take into consideration the title of
                 the novel, how are stones an important symbol?

                 After you have considered the stones as symbolic, discuss who
                 you think the ghostly men would want to attack more, Raphaella
                   or Garnet? Explain your decision in light of the stones as
                   symbolic.

The Summarizer     Write a short paragraph summary for chapters nineteen to
                   twenty-four.

The Illustrator/   Choose an scene within chapters nineteen to twenty-four and
The Questioner     create an image which depicts it colourfully.

                   Create five questions regarding issues that puzzle or concern you
                   about events, characters, or anything else that you are wondering
                   about. Use some of the following starters if you are struggling to
                   create questions:

                   I am confused about…
                   I wonder…
                   I think that…
                   How did…
                   Why did…
Week 5: Chapters 25 – 32

The Definer      The following are your vocabulary words. Please define them
                 using a dictionary, record the definition, and provide an original
                 sentence that demonstrates your comprehension of the proper
                 usage of the word.

                 1.   raucous                    6.    disavow
                 2.   sporadically               7.    acrid
                 3.   halyard                    8.    bigot
                 4.   reverie                    9.    malicious
                 5.   coven                      10.   tedious

The Recorder     Discuss the following questions with your group and take point
                 form notes to help you remember the discussion. Use textual
                 evidence where ever you can. Write down the conclusions that
                 your group arrives at in good copy at the end.

                 1. Explain what Garnet means when he says that the conflict of
                    the play Inherit the Wind isn’t science versus religion, but
                    “kinds of knowledge.”
                 2. Briefly and in your own words tell the Orpheus and Euridice
                    story. How do Garnet’s actions echo the story?
                 3. Why do the men chase and attack Raphaella rather than
                    Garnet? How is she able to protect herself?
                 4. At the end of the story, Garnet and Raphaella go back to
                    Hannah’s clearing. In what ways is it different? Why does
                    Garnet replace the stones, and why does he insist on doing it
                    alone?
                 5. Should Raphaella have rebelled against her mother before
                    now? Give reasons for your view.
                 6. Explain the significance of the title of the novel.

The Terminator   Three of the ways of achieving suspense within a novel are to
                 create mystery, to place a character in a dilemma, and to create a
                 dangerous situation or crisis that the characters must face. (For
                 more information see your short story notes). How is the suspense
                 built up in this novel using all three techniques (they are all used,
                 though they may be at different times)? Explain using textual
                 references.
The Summarizer     Write a short paragraph summary for chapters twenty-five to
                   thirty-two.

The Illustrator/   Choose an scene within chapters twenty-five to thirty-two and
The Questioner     create an image which depicts it colourfully.

                   Create five questions regarding issues that puzzle or concern you
                   about events, characters, or anything else that you are wondering
                   about. Use some of the following starters if you are struggling to
                   create questions:

                   I am confused about…
                   I wonder…
                   I think that…
                   How did…
                   Why did…
Follow-Up Reading

If you enjoyed this novel and were looking for something to follow it up here are some
other books written by William Bell:

   The Blue Helmet
           “That wasn't my last fight, but no one bullied me again. Without planning it
           or even knowing what I had been doing, I had learned my lesson. You had to
           stand up to them. To everyone. No matter what the odds, never show
           weakness, always be willing to take them on, never give in. They had to
           know that it would cost them something, even if they won.”

   Crabbe
             One night, just before final exams, Franklin Crabbe secretly packs his gear
             and drives away, intending to disappear completely. "I've thought a lot about
             why I ran away from home," he says, "and it's pretty tough to put my reasons
             into a few tidy sentences." His escape from unhappiness and a drinking
             problem is to be "the one perfect act I'd perform in my life, pure, clean, like
             the edge of a razor."

   Forbidden City
           Alex Jackson is thrilled when his newsman father asks him to go to Beijing,
           China, where students and civilians are demonstrating for democracy in Tian
           An Men Square. Alex's excitement turns to horror and dismay when the
           movement is met with military violence and he finds himself alone amid the
           turmoil, carrying illegal video tapes, desperate to escape the forbidden city.
           Based on painstaking research, Forbidden City is an accurate and moving
           novel of the "Tian An Men Square Massacre."

   Zack
             "Look, let's get this straight. I admit I misled you. I confess I'm responsible
             for smashing up the truck. But I'm not sorry I went to Mississippi."
             Uprooted by his parent's move to the outskirts of a small town, friendless
             and at the lowest point of his life, Zack undertakes research into the life of
             Richard Pierpoint, former African slave, soldier of the American Revolution
             as well as the War of 1812, and the pioneer farmer who cleared the land on
             which Zack's house now stands. Pierpoint's story inspires Zack to go to
             Mississippi to search for his grandfather. What he discovers shakes the
             foundations of all he once believed.

								
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