This is a new and improved version of the literature circle packets.
Calendar – Use the drop down menu to choose which of the following lessons/activities you want to use. Then print for students. THEY can then fill in the dates/pages for reading based on their own book/schedule.
Speaking and Listening Rubric This observation sheet uses the Speaking and Listening Common Core Standards. Make sure students have a copy of this as well and that you go over these OFTEN and talk about what they mean.
Book Pass Use this as whole class to get started. Pass out books and this paper to everyone, let them read for 3-5 minutes then switch. They make notes of which they would like to read.
Assignments/Lessons (listed alphabetically, not necessarily in order that they should be assigned)
An Important Read Aloud: Students select a passage to read aloud. Must have some significance to the novel. Group will decide why they think it is significant. Then first student will explain why they chose it.
Character Poster Opinion/Proof: graphic about qualities of a character.
Discussion Starters: give as a general handout to help students generate discussions
Elements of Fiction: Complete a chart about the elements of fiction
Evolving Character: use opinion/proof to determine how a character has changed from an earlier reading.
Stem Questions – Students use these to generate test style questioning
Final Book Projects: A variety of levels here—worth different points based on time/difficulty.
Group Contract: Use this document before starting lit circles to define what happens when people come unprepared.
Group Reflection: Use this occasionally as an exit slip at the end of class for the students to reflect on their work with each other.
Main Idea and Summary: Use Somebody-Wants-But-So strategy to find the main idea and a concise summary of the plot. Also use this for a related nonfiction current event piece (if applicable).
Multiple Perspectives: Students bring in 4 different mediums related to the topic and address the similarities and differences.
Non-Fiction Reaction: Good to use when reading nonfiction in groups or historical fiction. Students consider what they are learning, what they question, where they might find more answers. Text To Self to World: Use this graphic organizer to make connections between text/self/world
Vocabulary Words In Context – Students generate a list of 12 words individually from their independent reading. Then narrow down to five words that the group had in common.
Writing Style Word Choices: These five questions ask students to choose a selection from the novel and discuss how it is representative of the author’s word choice.