This is a unit for those who are trying their hand at a literature circle. This unit launches the assigned "jobs/roles" one at a time, providing the scaffolding your students will need to be successful and independent. Using the novel Rules, by Cynthia Lord, I walk you through the process of launching with step by step plans, job/role sheets, and a question and prompting discussion guide by chapter. As someone that's bombed many lit circles by prematurely releasing responsibility to my students to early, I've learned quite a bit about what NOT to do :) Here's hoping this unit will save you some headaches!
This novel is also available on Scholastic Storia. Students can use the highlighting and notation functions to prepare for meetings instead of using the paper role sheets if you'd like.