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Literature Circles Resource Center

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Literature Circles Structure: Middle School How do you get started? As we lay the foundation for literature circles, I’ve found that it works best to have the whole class read the same novel. This sets the stage, providing guided practice with all components of literature circles that students will later apply more independently in their groups formed around book choices. Beginning the year with all students reading the same book gives them a chance to develop the skills, strategies, and behaviors that create the foundation for successful literature circles throughout the year. For this first unit, I choose an engaging book that is accessible to all of my students. This is often a short novel that will lead into a longer book. This first round is really a training session so we go slowly and all procedures are modeled and reviewed. • Brainstorming to launch discussions: After students have read several chapters of the whole-class novel, we prepare for discussion with a short brainstorming session. How often do students discuss?

5 Fast Formative Assessments I can be very impatient. When something is important and worth having, I simply cannot wait for it. Whatever it is, I want it right now! I feel the same way about the information from student assessments that I use to inform my classroom practices during the learning process. These formative assessments are so important because they provide me with valuable information about my students’ strengths and weaknesses that help me in the moment to make necessary shifts in my lessons to best meet the needs of my students. Anticipation Guides Anticipation guides are a terrific way to assess students’ prior knowledge about a topic and to monitor how their understanding develops over time. Anticipation guides include statements or questions that are rich and debatable. Scholastic offers a printable with examples if you would like to learn more about anticipation guides. Use this peer formative assessment strategy to identify students that would benefit from additional support. Journal Entry: What?

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A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words: From Image to Detailed Narrative ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, videos, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you. More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. More Teacher Resources by Grade Your students can save their work with Student Interactives. More Home › Classroom Resources › Lesson Plans Lesson Plan Overview Featured Resources From Theory to Practice After looking at an image that tells a story, students brainstorm about the possible events and characters the image illustrates. back to top Timeline Tool: Use this online tool to help students sketch out the sequence of events for their narratives. Narrative Writing Rubric: This thorough rubric can be used to assess any piece of narrative writing. This lesson uses artworks as inspiration for narrative writing.

Literature Circles: Getting Started ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, videos, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you. More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. More Teacher Resources by Grade Your students can save their work with Student Interactives. More Home › Classroom Resources › Lesson Plans Lesson Plan Student Objectives Session One Session Two Session Three Session Four Session Five Session Six Session Seven Session Eight Session Nine Session Ten Following Sessions Extensions Student Assessment/Reflections Students will back to top Session One Introduce literature circles by explaining they are "groups of people reading the same book and meeting together to discuss what they have read" (Peralta-Nash and Dutch 30). Session Two Session Three Session Four Session Five Session Six

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words: From Image to Detailed Narrative ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, videos, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you. More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. More Teacher Resources by Grade Your students can save their work with Student Interactives. More Home › Classroom Resources › Lesson Plans Lesson Plan Student Objectives Instruction and Activities Student Assessment/Reflections Students will demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of narratives (e.g., sequence, storytelling). explore connections between images and words. use detailed vocabulary to write their text. back to top Instruction and Activities Distribute the picture to the students.

Character Clash: A Minilesson on Paragraphing and Dialogue ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, videos, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you. More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. More Teacher Resources by Grade Your students can save their work with Student Interactives. More Home › Classroom Resources › Lesson Plans Lesson Plan How to Punctuate Character Thoughts February 28, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill last modified January 15, 2015 FYI—I updated this article on Jan. 15, 2015. The topic of character thoughts has come up repeatedly for me in the last couple of weeks, and I promised to address punctuation for inner dialogue. Inner dialogue is simply the speech of a character to himself. He hears it and the reader hears it, but other characters have no idea what’s going on in his head. It’s the same for us and our thoughts. And they’d be opening up the very most intimate part of themselves. That’s a bit too much for any of us 3-dimensional people. With characters, however, we get to listen in. Thought and inner dialogue give the reader insight he can’t get from watching a character’s actions from the outside. Inner dialogue and thought reveal truth. Thought and inner dialogue can be used to raise the emotional level of a scene. Character thought can also lighten a scene. What else can thought and inner dialogue do? 1. 2. 3. Keep in mind—

Introduction to Multigenre Multigenre: An Introduction by Lisa Langstraat "A multigenre paper arises from research, experience, and imagination. Multigenre writing projects respond to contemporary conceptions of genre, audience, voice, arrangement and style by enabling students to tap into their knowledge about new media literacies, rich rhetorical situations, and the multiple perspectives that are inherent in any writing activity. In short, multigenre projects entail a series of generic documents that are linked by a central premise, theme, or goal. Presents multiple, even conflicting perspectives of one event or topic. Multigenre writing is thus informed by a multitude of rhetorical considerations including a complex understanding of genre theory. Additional materials: For additional information, see the following links: Multigenre Projects Main Page ¦ Introduction to Multigenre ¦ Multigenre Projects Table of Contents ¦ Return to Writing Gallery

The Island | Anna Schoendorfer's Blog The waves dance to a rolling crest and plateau, forming breaks that slap the foamy backwater up towards the shore. The rushing tide catches my ankles, causing my feet to sink deeper in the fine, charcoaled sand. A beautiful opaque prism catches my eye, and in an instantaneous reaction, I plunge fingers outstretched after the water fleeing back to the leviathan. As I open my hand to reveal my conquest, a strikingly pristine abalone shell introduces its vivid iridescence to my vision. “You see, the best works of art really do come from nature. I awoke from my dream to the sound of a damp and persistent cough. A shrill, high-pitched siren bellows throughout the bunkers, ensuring that no soul is left sleeping. Classinger, the old captain of the island ferry, can be heard talking behind me with his worsening cough. For many years we would spend at least one night of the month together. There is a bitter taste of hatred growing in the air, a putrid stench that causes my stomach to reel.

Yann Martel Battle at KrugerLions battle over a baby water buffalo. (Eight minutes; I won't spoil the ending.) This could form the basis for a good pre- or post-reading writing prompt. Interview with Yann MartelMartel discusses Life of Pi. Life of PiA collection of reading strategies and activities: an anticipation guide, rubric for writing a review of the novel, mini-research on vicious animals, character web, a four corners activity, and more. Life of PiSeveral teacher-made resources, including chapter questions, an introductory slide presentation, literature circle worksheets, a rubric, and guidelines for a comparative essay. Life of Pi by Yann MartelBrief summary and 21 questions for writing or discussion. Q and A With Life of Pi AuthorThe author responds to written questions submitted earlier. Trailer for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi Is a Visual TreatCommentary and the first trailer for the movie. Vocabulary from Life of Pi: Words are presented in context and with definitions.

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