HISTORICAL FICTION Literature Circles - Response Sheets and more

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Arlene Manemann
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5th - 10th, Homeschool
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For literature circles or book clubs reading historical fiction, here are eight individual pages of handouts for students to use as they read. These pages are very engaging and students ask, "Can we do this again?"

These are similar in concept to literature circle handouts though not as lengthy. They would be great with guided reading as well.

The responses are generic and lend themselves to most HISTORICAL FICTION novels:

- tracing a character's actions from a historical viewpoint,

- evaluating actions and decisions,

- noting imagery, cause/effect, problem/solution,

- vocabulary and figurative language analysis, and more.

I include a formatted page without titles so you may add response prompts of your own.

Also included are pages for extended independent historical fiction reading: Book Buddy forms, journal response book marks, and a short two page book report form designed to post for others to read.

I include a puzzle page for early finishers.

The Common Core State Standards ELA 6,7,8 RL and RI that are addressed with the individual prompts are indicated for your reference on the file.

Please see the Preview for samples of two pages.

Here are Revolutionary War historical novel units I sell:


PHOEBE, THE SPY by Judith Griffin


WOODS RUNNER by Gary Paulsen

Civil War novel units I sell include:

SHADES OF GRAY by Carolyn Reeder

BULL RUN by Paul Fleischman

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22 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.


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