My Brother Sam is Dead - A Literature Circle ; Printables ; questions ; vocab

My Brother Sam is Dead - A Literature Circle ; Printables ; questions ; vocab
My Brother Sam is Dead - A Literature Circle ; Printables ; questions ; vocab
My Brother Sam is Dead - A Literature Circle ; Printables ; questions ; vocab
My Brother Sam is Dead - A Literature Circle ; Printables ; questions ; vocab
My Brother Sam is Dead - A Literature Circle ; Printables ; questions ; vocab
My Brother Sam is Dead - A Literature Circle ; Printables ; questions ; vocab
My Brother Sam is Dead - A Literature Circle ; Printables ; questions ; vocab
My Brother Sam is Dead - A Literature Circle ; Printables ; questions ; vocab
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American Revolutionary War Literature Circles

This product is a middle school, literature circle unit, focusing on the American Revolution and deeper thinking question skills. The unit, in its entirety, will take four weeks. “My Brother Sam is Dead” is divided into four sections with 10 Tier II vocabulary words. It is over 50 individual pages and slides.

Includes:
-PowerPoint Presentation of task cards for literature circles (14)
-“My Brother Sam is Dead” novel packet for literature circles (10)
-Vocabulary List (2)
-Vocabulary Quiz on Google Forms and hardcopy (2)
-Book sign out sheet (1)
-Book selection form (1)
-Editable calendar (1)
-Literature Circle Checklist (2)
-Literature Circle Notes (1)
-Exit Ticket (1)
-Question techniques (12)
-Chatterbox and instructions (3)
-A..A..Activities (1)
-Final Project overview for groups and rubric (3)
-5 individual final project assignments (10)
-Teacher overview (4)
-final assessment on Google Forms and in hardcopy - 30 leveled multiple choice questions


The book assignments are divided into quarters as described below:

Part 1:
Two vocabulary words
Vocabulary enrichment
“Before reading” question
Close reading text excerpt with questions
TDQ (text dependent question)
Figurative language activities
Deep thinking discussion stem

Part 2:
Two vocabulary words
Passage – close read with questions
Partner questions

Part 3:
Three vocabulary words
Comprehension questions
Objective summary
Partner questions

Part 4:
Three vocabulary words
Six think/pair/share questions

Literature Circle Materials:
All you need to conduct literature circles are in this unit as well. Groups of 3-5 students, per book, work the best. Ideally, the groups would all be four students. There are pdf files for the Book Sign Out Sheet, Book selection form (student can rate books 1-5 of what they would like to read after a quick novel presentation), an activity worksheet (creative assignment) and exit ticket. There is also an editable calendar to correspond with the tasks. A PowerPoint presentation gives you role definitions and task cards to print and use to set up your literature circles. Also included are sheets for “Literature circle Notes” and “Literature Circle Checklist” to use in each individual literature circle for accountability. Students are responsible to obtaining roles, keep notes of their meetings, discussing passages and questions, and a clear description of who does what. All students have an active role in each discussion.

Deeper Thinking Questions:
In addition, this unit comes with tools for teaching question types and deeper thinking. Knowledge, Comprehension, Synthesis, Analysis, Application and Evaluation questions are defined, practiced and then student created. These are broken into six mini lessons, or bell work. There are task cards in a PowerPoint which have the question types for the literature circle. There is also a chatterbox included wo use for differing questions during literature circles. Instructions for making the chatterbox are also included.

Assessment:
There is a final presentation assignment for each group. The assignment is broken into five equal parts, aligning to the social studies frameworks. Each student in a group will write three paragraphs in an individual document and create 4 slides in a show in a shared Google Slideshow. There is a two-page pdf explaining the project in its entirety with a one-page rubric. In addition, there are five individual instructions with graphic organizers and specifications for each slide.

Final Presentation topics include:
cause an effect,
noting differing political afflictions
key stakeholders and interesting issues
evaluating courses of action
defining and explaining historical fiction.

Vocabulary Assessment:
There are also 5 Google Forms vocabulary quizzes, one for each book. (Please note – a Google account and valid email address for ALL students will be needed to assign the quizzes)

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American Revolutionary War Literature Circles

Total Pages
50 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
1 month
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