Literature Circle/Book Club Unit for Because of Winn Dixie ~ PLUS Signposts!

Literature Circle/Book Club Unit for Because of Winn Dixie ~ PLUS Signposts!
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Book Clubs. Just the name generates excitement, doesn't it? This unit contains everything you need to facilitate book clubs in your upper elementary or middle school classroom.

In our classrooms, we foster book clubs once each nine weeks. We allow students to sit in bag chairs (which fit nicely in a big trash can in our classrooms) and eat snacks as they discuss the novel that they are all reading. They LOVE it, and they definitely grow as readers!

This teaching unit is divided into three sections.
Section one contains book club meeting forms. Two book club preparation sheets are included which your students will use to prepare for the meeting. A book club 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 book club discussions.

In section two, you will find the following.
1. Reading assignment schedules specific to the novel
2. Comprehension checks specific to the novel – These are designed to help you be sure each student read the required reading.
3. Group activity specific to the novel
4. Final test specific to the novel

First, there is the reading assignment schedule. The book is divided into three sections so that three meetings can be held. This schedule provides the amounts that need to be read per section and leaves 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 book club meetings and determine whether or not to allow students to participate in the meetings.

After using the book club 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 each 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.

We are sure that you will enjoy this book club unit and 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 test for the novel Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.

As a bonus, we have also included Signposts for the novel! Based on the book Notice and Note by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst, these handouts and charts will help your students become better readers! You can use these handouts with this story and with every novel and story you teach!

This is a game changer for the way you teach close reading. Included is a teacher packet and a student packet with handouts that explain the six "signposts" of reading. Handouts are also included for you to find the signposts in Because of Winn Dixie.

Answer keys are included in the teacher packet. We guarantee you're going to LOVE this, and you will be able to use these handouts with every other story and novel you read all year!

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