Digital LITERATURE CIRCLES for Upper Grades - 3 Week Unit

Digital LITERATURE CIRCLES for Upper Grades - 3 Week Unit
Digital LITERATURE CIRCLES for Upper Grades - 3 Week Unit
Digital LITERATURE CIRCLES for Upper Grades - 3 Week Unit
Digital LITERATURE CIRCLES for Upper Grades - 3 Week Unit
Digital LITERATURE CIRCLES for Upper Grades - 3 Week Unit
Digital LITERATURE CIRCLES for Upper Grades - 3 Week Unit
Digital LITERATURE CIRCLES for Upper Grades - 3 Week Unit
Digital LITERATURE CIRCLES for Upper Grades - 3 Week Unit
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Why use Literature Circles in the Upper Grades?
Literature Circles are the perfect way to be the “guide on the side” instead of the “sage on the stage.” That release of power can be quite scary, but oh boy can it be rewarding if you give students the right tools to take control of their own learning! Literature Circles get students engaged with their independent reading by promoting meaningful daily discussion and debate. This three-week unit will get students collaborating and critically thinking about literature in a way that a class-wide novel can’t. This resource can be used with ANY novel.

This Literature Circle program is structured so that students complete the assigned reading and a brief journal entry at home and then spend class time discussing the text and working through the assignments collaboratively. For each of the three weeks, there is a separate assignment focusing on Characterization and Plot as well as a Discussion Preparation assignment and individual job. There are four jobs, all geared for upper elementary students:

✔ Discussion Leader: creates discussion questions that enhance group’s understanding of the text
✔ Passage Picker: chooses and analyzes key passages that are essential to understanding the novel
✔ Connector: makes meaningful personal and real-world connections to the text as well as bringing in an ‘artifact’ (poem, song, painting, short story, etc.) to bring a new layer of meaning to the text
✔ Word Master: analyzes the impact and effect of figurative language and dialogue on the story, in addition to defining unfamiliar words

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What’s included:
- 3 Weeks of Google Slides with daily assignments to guide student reading
- Reading Journal
- Self-Reflection
- Complete Student Guide
- Academic Conversation Reference
- Discussion Starters (66 question cards to get reluctant students talking)

Over 40 pages of resources!

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Common Core State Standards: Grades 7-12
Reading Literature 1 - Cite text evidence to support analysis
Reading Literature 2 - Analyze theme and its development through a story
Reading Literature 3 - Analyze how word choice impacts the story
Reading Literature 6 - Evaluate how different perspectives influence plot elements
Reading Literature 10 - Read and comprehend literature independently and proficiently
Speaking & Listening 1 - Engage in effective collaborative discussions
Writing 9 - Draw evidence from literary texts to support analysis and reflection


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40+
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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