Everything needed to have a student-led group project, a Literature Circle, over The Grapes of Wrath is included in this lesson. The unit will require 13 days for students to read the text within their literature circle, with an additional three days for reading quizzes If you are concerned that students cannot complete the outside reading during one day, you could expand each day into a two-day assignment giving the students more time to do reading in the classroom as a group or on their own.
Instructions for the teacher and the students are included. A daily position sheet is included for assigning each member of the group to complete the written activities they are required to do during the 13 days of assigned readings. These activities include written directions for the different “positions” that each student in the group must complete before the next day’s reading begins. These include discussion director, author analyzer, illustrator, connector, literary luminary and word wizard. A final objective test, an essay test, and a theme poster assignment are provided to use after completion of the book. Directions for putting together a separate folder for each reading group and grading of the groups are included.
Monitoring is required for the first few days and random “checking” to be sure that students are on task is advised. This activity requires students to be active readers and participators in a student-led reading project. After discussion of the previous day’s lesson from the position sheets each student has prepared before class, they proceed in their group to read the next assigned section of the text aloud within the group.
The activity addresses the reading, writing, language, and speaking and listening standards of the Common Core Curriculum. This project serves as a good culminating project that demonstrates the students’ ability to decode and respond to a text independently. The common core curriculum standards are included with this unit and an explanation of which standards are addressed by the unit.
Teacher Guidelines – 1 page
Student Guidelines – 1 page
Position Papers – 78 pages
Reading Schedule – 1 page
Reading Quizzes and Keys – 8 pages
Essay Test – 1 page
Objective Test and Key – 6 pages
Miscellaneous – 4 pages
Common Core Standards – 7 pages