Use this downloadable guide to host effective "lit circles" with your middle school students. Directions included! The premise of this lit circle is that students meet weekly to have book discussion then complete a task related to characterization, plot, conflict and theme to further engage them in their reading. This pack includes a goal sheet in which students set weekly reading goals, create a club motto, and more. Each week has a graphic organizer for each group to complete. Each week also includes a group work behavior rubric for students to fill out to keep them accountable in their discussion. Finally, includes discussion cards to use to guide students in their weekly meet ups.
Common Core Aligned!
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.