This reading group packet allows students to document their thinking while reading and gives the teacher a means to assess student comprehension. The reading packet differs from literature circles in a few definitive ways. First, all students are required to focus on the same things as they read the text as opposed to serving specific roles. Second, the learning objectives and student work in the packet allows the teacher to plan out front-loading skills before students read the assigned section of the book, clear teaching objectives for conferences/small groups as they are reading, and reteaching where necessary after the reading is complete. The shared packet also allows students to come to a small group meeting prepared to talk about any aspect of the current reading focus as all students are required to complete all parts of the reading packet.
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen is a level U text (guided reading). The story is told from two different perspectives, one male and one female middle school student. Each chapter reveals new events in their interconnected lives with a following chapter retelling the same events from the opposite character's perspective. These two characters slowly learn to value one another despite their differences with the help of a wise grandparent. The book as a whole teaches students to see things from another person' s point of view before judging their life.