Novels - Reading and Discussion Tools for Any Text

Grade Levels
8th - 12th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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33 pages
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Improve reading comprehension and boost speaking and listening skills with this unit for whole-class reading discussion or literature circles. Discussion handouts require students to summarize, analyze author’s craft, define vocabulary, and identify text support. Students also select quotations to draw conclusions, make predictions, and form connections. These activities guide their reading and prepare them for Readers’ Roundtable, which imitates the style of Socratic Seminar.

Each discussion procedure handout guides students through a quick-write, goal setting, partner rehearsal, inner and outer circles, whip-around and hot seat, observation notes, and reflection. As your students engage in their own reading discussion, they take ownership for their learning while meeting the rigorous standards of Common Core.

This 42-page resource comes as a Zip file and includes the following:

  • teacher instructions
  • discussion preparation handouts
  • graphic organizers
  • exemplars
  • student response sheets
  • discussion procedure handouts with journal prompts and reflection questions
  • editable discussion procedure (PowerPoint slide)
  • observation notes handout
  • rubric (and editable version)
  • “hot seat” posters (color and black/white)
  • absence activity
  • reading schedules

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Want to get students out of their seats? Then you may also be interested in my Trashketball games:

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Raisin in the Sun

Of Mice and Men


Pronouns & Antecedents

Subject & Verb Agreement

Idioms Trashketball Review Game (Advanced)

Sentence Parts

Sentence Structures

Sentence Problems

Going paperless? Then check out my new digital learning resources:

Digital Learning Resources

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33 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented.
Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.
Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.
Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


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