This approach to nonfiction literature circles asks students to consider the essential question: "How historically accurate is my book?" each week through research, discussion, and written responses comparing the research to the text.
Each member of the reading club group will need be a leader for one week. During this week they will work closely with other group leaders and the teacher to research issues and events discussed in their book by finding an article to guide discussion for their group. Students are asked to fully prepare for their role as leader by finding an appropriate article or primary source, citing the source, annotating their own copy, and creating high level discussion questions connecting the text to the book before engaging their group during discussion day.
Pros: Students get to choose both their literature circle book AND the resources each week. This increases student interest and allows the teacher spend time assisting in the process, not collecting sources for several books.
Suggested pacing calendar
Book Pass Work sheet to encourage student choice
Discussion Leader Sign up Chart
Discussion Preparation Document (aligned to standards) with rubric
Discussion Question creation guide for students
Discussion member response cards for non-leaders of the week
Discussion rubric to promote academic procedures
*a compilation of books already used or considered for this unit, with page numbers, lexile scores, and topics teachers may want to guide students toward researching
*how to approach the essential questions for historical fiction, biographies, or allegories.