This is a literature circle schedule with student work pages that can be used for any novel.
I have done literature circles with my class before, and always wanted to provide my students with more choice and responsibility. Before this, I used only 3 different books at a time while providing the vocabulary and comprehension questions. Now, my class is reading 9 different novels and the students are responsible for their own learning. I provide more guidance to my students who are below grade level, and my other students are able and willing to do the work since they enjoy the book that they picked!
This guide provides a 4-week, day-by-day schedule for students. For each day, it lists what they will do in reading class, what they are expected to work on, and what they have for homework.
The student pages consist of the daily schedule (with editable dates and chapters) and four pages that outline each section. Each "section" page provides the students with a list of expectations for the week, a prompt that they must answer in paragraph form, a space to record unknown or difficult words (possible vocabulary), and a space to write three discussion questions to ask their group at the next meeting.
I use this in groups of 3-5 students. At the beginning of our literature circle unit, I allow students to choose their own book from a list I provide. I then group students by their books and go over the schedule with them. Since they will be coming up with their own vocabulary words and discussion questions, I only have to create vocabulary quizzes each week based on the words that they choose.
On Mondays and Tuesdays, I teach a mini-lesson about the comprehension strategy that applies to their prompt for the week. Then students complete Daily 3 activities to study their vocabulary, read their section, and write their answer to the prompt.
On Wednesdays, the students take their vocabulary quiz from the previous section. This way they have a week to study the words. After they talk about their prompt and answer discussion questions, they choose their jobs for the week. I never let a student have the same job twice. I have provided 5 different jobs in this download.
On Thursdays, the students complete their job. They use the rest of the period to complete Daily 3 activities while I meet with students to review the comprehension strategy of the week.
On Fridays, students meet with their group for the second time in the week. They share the jobs they completed and fill out a self-reflection sheet.
I hope this helps to provide choice, responsibility, and engaging discussions in your classroom!