American Revolutionary War Literature Circles
Ever wonder how to differentiate instruction, teach leveled reading, have differentiated assessments and do it in a classroom with mixed learning abilities? Literature Circles may be the answer.
This literature circle unit is focusing on the American Revolution and deeper thinking question skills. The unit, in its entirety, will take four weeks. Each historical fiction book is differentiated with specific, leveled questions and vocabulary. Each book is divided into four sections and follow the same objectives for each assignment. It is over 100 individual pages and slides. Each novel is separated in a zip file for planning organization. All of these books can be used, or they can be used individually.
Johnny Tremain, by Ester Forbes
My Brother Sam is Dead, by James Lincoln and Christopher Collier
Guns for General Washington, by Seymour Reit
The Fighting Ground, by Avi
Dear America: Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart; The Winter of Red Snow, by Kristina Gregory
NEW: Toliver's Secret by Ester Wood Brady
Each novel has a packet (10 pages) to follow along with the reading as well as ten tier two vocabulary words (two pages). The book assignments are divided into quarters. Johnny Tremain, a higher leveled reading book, has a packet with a much more demanding and rigorous work load. I use this novel to differentiate instruction with my “Honors” level students attempting this novel. I encourage my struggling readers to try Guns for General Washington or The Fighting Ground.
Please see the detailed description below:
Literature Circle Materials:
All you need to conduct literature circles are in this unit as well. Groups of 3-5 students, per book, work the best. Ideally, the groups would all be four students. There are pdf files for the Book Sign Out Sheet, Book selection form (student can rate books 1-5 of what they would like to read after a quick novel presentation), an activity worksheet (creative assignment) and exit ticket. There is also an editable calendar to correspond with the tasks. A PowerPoint presentation gives you role definitions and task cards to print and use to set up your literature circles. Also included are sheets for “Literature circle Notes” and “Literature Circle Checklist” to use in each individual literature circle for accountability. Students are responsible to obtaining roles, keep notes of their meetings, discussing passages and questions, and a clear description of who does what. All students have an active role in each discussion.
-PowerPoint Presentation of task cards for literature circles (14)
-Novel packets for literature circles for 5 novels (60)
-Vocabulary Lists (10)
-Vocabulary Quizzes online link with instructions (5)
-Book sign out sheet (1)
-Book selection form (1)
-Editable calendar (1)
-Literature Circle Checklist (2)
-Literature Circle Notes (1)
-Exit Ticket (1)
-Question techniques (12)
-Chatterbox and instructions (3)
-Final Project overview for groups and rubric (3)
-5 individual final project assignments (10)
-Teacher overview (4)
Deeper Thinking Questions:
In addition, this unit comes with tools for teaching question types and deeper thinking. Knowledge, Comprehension, Synthesis, Analysis, Application and Evaluation questions are defined, practiced and then student created. These are broken into six mini lessons, or bell work. There are task cards in a PowerPoint which have the question types for the literature circle. There is also a chatterbox included to use for differing questions during literature circles. Instructions for making the chatterbox are also included.
There is a final presentation assignment for each group. The assignment is broken into five equal parts, aligning to the social studies frameworks. Each student in a group will write three paragraphs in an individual document and create 4 slides in a show in a shared Google Slideshow. There is a two-page pdf explaining the project in its entirety with a one-page rubric. In addition, there are five individual instructions with graphic organizers and specifications for each slide.
Final Presentation topics include:
cause an effect,
noting differing political afflictions
key stakeholders and interesting issues
evaluating courses of action
defining and explaining historical fiction.
There are also 5 Google Forms vocabulary quizzes, one for each book. (Please note – a Google account and valid email address for ALL students will be needed to assign the quizzes)
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