This is a great unit for reading instruction at the middle school level because you can use it several times throughout the year with book sets that are available at your school based on units and themes that you already use. It's the perfect way to start and end any school year to foster a love of reading and community in your classroom. Literature Circles are small group reading instruction that are formed with heterogeneous groups and encourage students to have rich conversation surrounding text. This product includes:
-Rationales/Key Understanding for Literature Circles
-Information about Reading Minilessons
-Book Selection Information and Printable for Literature Circles
-Information and Printables for Esablishing Literature Circle Expectations and Preparations
-Information and Printables for Culminating Projects for Students to Complete after Literature Circles
-Printables for Students to Use While Preparing for Literature Circles Using Evidence from the Text
-Note Taking Template and Rubric for Teachers to Use While Observing and Evaluating Literature Circles
-Student Self-Evaluation and Group Evaluation for Literature Circles
-Literacy Terms Minilessons for Students to Apply to Literature Circle Books
-Final Assessment to Assess Student Comprehension of Literary Terms Within their Literature Circle Book
-Rubrics to Assess the Culminating Project, Student Preparation for Literature Circles, and Student Participation during Literature Circles
-Additional Organization Ideas for Teachers and Students to use During Literature Circle Unit
-Common Core State Standards met for Grades 5-8 in Reading/Speaking & Listening during the Literature Circles Unit
-Teacher Anecdotal Notes Template and Grading Rubric to track student participation.
-Within, beyond, and about the text sample questions for the teacher to lift discussions.
-Literature circle interactive bookmarks for students to record discussion questions with textual evidence.
*Download the preview to see how to get the first couple days of Literature Circles started, and if you're interested in implementing this small group reading instruction into your classroom, download the whole product and enjoy seeing your middle school students engaged in reading and discussion surrounding their reading.