This is a highly adaptable, five week unit designed to facilitate genuine discussion and collaborative analysis of nearly any text covered in secondary education. This unit can be used for a class reading the same text, or can also be used to facilitate literature circles where students read selected texts in small groups.
I've embedded rubrics for quick formative assessment of each 'job' that are specific and easily measurable. I've also included a teacher's guide with some basic notes and suggestions on best practices I've found when covering this unit. If you have any additional questions about how to make this unit work best in your classroom, don't hesitate to contact me.
Skills and concepts covered within this unit should be pre-taught, at least in an introductory sort of way for optimal success in having students facilitate their own meetings. That being said, these units are set up to help student's develop the following skills:
- Identification, analysis and evaluation of a story's conflict
- Identification, analysis and evaluation of a story's theme and conflict
- Blending quotations from the text with student writing to justify an analytical argument
- Blending quotations from the text with student writing to justify a persuasive argument
- Construction of quality discussion questions about the text
- Translation of text based discussion questions to questions about the world students live in
- Writing an effective summary and making logical predictions about the text