AN UPDATED VERSION OF A POWERFUL PRACTICE
Literature Circles that address the NEW standards, engage students, and make each circle member more accountable.
The WORDSMITH is encouraged to find words that can be figured out through context then leads the group to work together to figure out the meaning of each word. (CCSS-ELA-R.4 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical,
connotative, and figurative meanings.)
Students fill out the SELF EVALUATOR each week where they reflect on hard they worked, how well they understand the book, and what they want to improve.
Also available at my store is a complete set of Common Core Literature Circles
. This set includes the Wordsmith and other revised and new jobs that help teachers address some of the trickier objectives in the CCSS.
Each circle member has more specific goals to accomplish during the circle meeting, making these Literature Circles more engaging and more student centered.
**Want a closer look before you buy? Try out The Common Core Discussion Director
** Using interactive notebooks in your classroom? Try out these flip books for fiction and non fiction close reading.
**Prepare students for extended response questions that require evidence. Help students write about their own interpretations of texts in the classroom: BRACES-A Blueprint for On Demand and Essay Writing
Check out BRACES PLUS
which includes 70 question stems that push students to analyze and interpret texts and task cards for additional support.
**CITING EVIDENCE GOT YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS DOWN? Take a break from the CORE with:
*120 Writing Prompts NOT Common Core Aligned
*Start with the Freebie
version of my students' favorite 24 prompts here.