Literature Circle for The Secret Garden - abridged version {Digital & PDF}

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5th - 6th
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29 core PDF pages; 8 PPT pages; 21 Digital pages
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In this unit, students will work together to understand and enjoy The Secret Garden. This resource is provided in both PDF and Google Slides versions for the following abridged version of the novel: Great Illustrated Classics, Adapted by Malvina G. Vogel, ISBN-10: 1577658094/ISBN-13: 978-1577658092). In this unit, students will think about what they read, complete assigned jobs, and will discuss their ideas in small groups with other students. In this process, students will identify themes, analyze vocabulary, and recognize writing techniques. This unit provides the teacher with the organizational structure to form literature circles in a 5th through 6th grade classroom for any novel. Along with teacher directions for six to eight fifty-five minute lessons over a period of four weeks, it includes the following:

•PowerPoint Presentation on Book Setting (editable)

•Schedules & Calendars (editable)

•Jobs for Literature Circles

•Teacher Notes with Samples of Jobs

•Jobs Rubric (editable)

•Literature Circle Discussion Guidelines

•Prompts to Help Move a Literature Circle Along

•Basic Structure of a Literature Circle Discussion

•Evaluation of Discussion Rubric (editable)

•Teacher Guiding Questions on The Secret Garden for each scheduled literature circle meeting

•Vocabulary Test for the Great Illustrated Classics abridged novel

You will also be given access to links that will allow you to open the unit files in Google Slides. You can edit these file as you like and share the files with your students. The slides can be printed and adapted for students who prefer to answer the questions by hand. You can also view and print a student’s completed version of the slides.

If you are interested in a literature circle plan that contains resources for both the

original and an abridged version of the novel, please check out Literature Circle for The Secret Garden - abridged & unabridged. You can also find a plan for just the original version at my store - Literature Circle for The Secret Garden - original version.

I have found that students enjoy Literature Circles and that they are a great way to help develop interpersonal skills and complex levels of thinking. I hope that this curriculum is helpful to you and your students.


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Total Pages
29 core PDF pages; 8 PPT pages; 21 Digital pages
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.


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