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Literature Circles for Middle School Essays Bundle {Digital & PDF}

Grade Levels
7th - 8th
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60 PDF pages, 44 Digital pages
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    This resource provides the materials to form literature circles for students to work together, understand and enjoy the essays “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell and "The Night the Bed Fell" by James Thurber. Students will think about what they read, write responses to these essays in their discussion logs, and will discuss their ideas in small groups with other students.

    What’s included in this bundle?

    Altogether, this bundle includes 60 PDF pages, 44 digital pages, and 12-16 lessons. Included in this bundle are:

    • Detailed Lesson Plans
    • Timeline of George Orwell’s Life
    • Timeline of James Thurber's Life
    • "Shooting an Elephant” Word Account
    • "The Night the Bed Fell" Word Account
    • Student Examples from a Word Account
    • Discussion Log Directions
    • Evaluation of Discussion Log (editable)
    • Guidelines for Literature Circle Discussion
    • Prompts to Help Your LC Move Along
    • Basic Structure of Your Literature Circle Discussion
    • Evaluation of Discussion (editable)
    • Literature Circle Calendar (editable)
    • Teacher Guiding Questions “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell
    • Teacher Guiding Questions "The Night the Bed Fell" by James Thurber
    • "Shooting an Elephant” Test (editable)
    • "The Night the Bed Fell" Test (editable)
    • Answer Keys
    • Bulletin Board Display Topic Choices (editable)
    • Bulletin Board Display Rubric (editable)
    • Bulletin Board Presentation Evaluation (editable)

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    Are digital resources included?

    The handouts, rubrics, and tests within this bundle are also included in a digital format and can be shared with students using your Google Drive.

    When you purchase this product, you will be given access to links that will allow you to open files in Google Slides. You’ll then share that file 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.


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    Total Pages
    60 PDF pages, 44 Digital pages
    Answer Key
    Teaching Duration
    1 month
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
    Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions) (e.g., bullheaded, willful, firm, persistent, resolute).
    Use the relationship between particular words to better understand each of the words.
    Interpret figures of speech (e.g., verbal irony, puns) in context.
    Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


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