This universal, three-week Literature Circle unit includes daily lesson plans based on Common Core State Standards for 8th grade, eleven appendices which are ready-to-copy handouts; a rubric for formative assessment, and a final written assessment with rubric. It is completely customizable and includes multiple modes of learning and engagement. It is easily adapted for grades 6, 7 or 9.
Activities in the unit include journal writing, discussion, Socratic Seminar, writing to learn, writing argument, graphic organizers, vocabulary acquisition, exit slips, poster making, and charting.
Feel free to customize elements to fit the needs of your situation. For example, you might change the names of the roles in the discussion groups, add more reading days, substitute different analysis elements, or omit lessons that students have already covered or are not ready for. Or, extend the unit with the suggested writing, research, and speaking and listening activities. In short, make the lesson yours.
This unit is universal, so it is easily replicated with novels of different genres or themes in the same school year.