This unit contains everything you need to facilitate literature circles in your middle school or upper elementary classroom. The unit is divided into three sections, and each section includes a wealth of resources!
Section one contains literature circle meeting forms. Two literature circle preparation sheets are included which your students will use to prepare for the meeting. A literature circle discussion guide is also included. Groups will use this sheet to guide them through meetings. It gives them step by step instructions on how to hold their literature circle discussions.
Section two includes all handouts needed for the 24 novels (a list of these novels is at the bottom of this description) on our literature circle reading list.
1. Reading assignment schedules specific to the novel
2. Comprehension checks specific to the novel
3. Group activity specific to the novel
4. Final test specific to the novel
First, there are reading assignment schedules. Each book is divided into three sections so that three meetings can be held. These schedules provide the amounts that need to be read per section and leave space for students to fill in the dates for the meetings. Next, there are resources for each meeting. For meetings one and two, a five question comprehension check and a group activity are included. The comprehension check can be used to assess students’ completion and comprehension of the assigned section. You can administer these prior to the literature circle meetings and determine whether or not to allow students to participate in the meetings. After using the literature circle discussion guide (which is included in section 1), students will together complete a quick activity based on that section of the novel. Book specific activities are included for all 24 novels! Finally, once the book is finished, there is a final test for each novel. You may choose to allow students to work together in groups to complete the test or allow them to take the test independently for a grade. Answer keys are included!
Section 3 includes project ideas that students can complete together at the last meeting once students have finished reading the novel. There are several projects for you to choose from. The first one included is a big project, and the others included are smaller. It’s up to you to decide which one to assign. You could assign each group the same project or differentiate among the groups.
A TON of work went into this teaching unit, and we are sure that it will save you a TON of time! All of the work has been done for you. This unit contains a wealth of resources, and can be used in different ways. The handouts, quizzes, and tests included could be used for whole-class or independent novel studies as well!
This unit contains book specific quizzes, activities, and tests for the following 8 novels.
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Flush by Carl Hiaasen
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
You can use this resource for years and years, and it can also be used for whole-class and independent novel studies!