This unit contains everything you need to facilitate a literature circle in your middle school or upper elementary classroom with the book Maniac Magee. 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 novel.
1. Reading assignment schedule
2. Comprehension checks specific to the novel
3. Group activity specific to the novel
4. Final test specific to the novel
The 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.
Finally, once the book is finished, there is a final test for the 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 a final test.
You can use this resource for years and years!