Literature Circle Roles Recast

Literature Circle Roles Recast for a Film Production Team

Adapted by Allison Casper from “Literature Circle Roles Reframed: Reading as a Film Crew,” Lisa Storm Fink:


This strategy taps into students’ interest in movies by substituting film production roles for traditional literature circles roles. After students read a portion of a book, they meet to discuss the book as if they were going to film it.


Job Description: Your job is to lead your group in the formulation of a plan for a film adaptation of the text. You will guide the process of identifying five significant moments from each week’s reading that must be included in a film version of the text. You will record the group’s findings on a graphic organizer that includes notes on character development, conflict, setting, and theme. Your organizer will be photocopied for the group.  After the scriptwriter submits the script, you will be responsible for adding cinematic details to the directorial commentary before the next meeting.

Qualifications: Must have a perceptive understanding of character development, conflict, and theme and the dynamics of transmediating text to film. Must have strong leadership skills in order to manage group conversations. Must be a good listener, picking up on the questions and comments generated by members of your group. Must have good attendance and be responsible and dependable.



Job Description Your job is to compose a working script from your group’s plan that includes brief descriptions of the location and time of day (called the slug line), characters’ dialogue, and directorial commentary about the theatrical details of actors’ line delivery, action, gestures, sets, props, and sound.

Qualifications: Must be able to recognize effective dialogue in a text.  Must understand character, conflict, and theme.  Must be able to briefly describe character’s actions before, during, and/or after dialogue.  Must be committed to reimagining text as film.


Job Description: Your job is to visualize the script by storyboarding the most important shots in each shot sequence. In addition to being skillfully drawn, your storyboard will include information about camera techniques that intensify the images in each frame.

Qualifications: Must have good artistic ability and the ability to see the story through a camera lens. Must create complete, detailed frames for each key moment.



Job Description: Your job is to pack the scenes with dense visual details – clothing, jewelry, décor, landscapes, machinery, architecture, and objects that have special symbolism – in order to bring to life each key moment.  Using a graphic organizer, you will include sketches and descriptions of costumes, props and set designs.

Qualifications: Must have an artistic vision that will bring the characters and scenes to life.  Must be interested in costume and design.



Job Description:  Your job is to design a soundtrack using music and environmental sounds that will intensify our understanding of each shot sequence.  The sound designer will choose five songs that enhance the meaning and mood of each shot sequence and provide a brief explanation of why each song fits each shot sequence.

Qualifications: Must be a strong reader who understands character development and shifts in mood.  Must have a strong knowledge of various genres of music.  

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