Reflection: Lesson Planning Teaching Writer's Craft in Literature Circles - Section 1: Teacher to Teacher: Lesson Context and Time Frame


So what if you know one or two of the books better than the others? What if you haven't read all the books or haven't read some in many years? What if your young mind feels overwhelmed or your middle-aged mind flames out daily and your memory goes up in smoke with it? 

Don't panic!

Tell students which books you know most about. Be honest about what you don't know. Use supplemental material and let your students teach you about the books and remind you about the plots, themes, etc. We're talking about seniors here, and it's time for them to take charge of their learning. Showing them trust and being honest with them will only make the experience of teaching in literature circles more fulfilling. 

  Juggling 30 Students and 5 Books without Losing Your Mind
  Lesson Planning: Juggling 30 Students and 5 Books without Losing Your Mind
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Teaching Writer's Craft in Literature Circles

Unit 13: Reading and the Empathetic Imagination: Teaching in Literature Circles
Lesson 2 of 5

Objective: SWBAT understand how structure works to convey meaning in texts.

Big Idea: "The business of the novelist is not to relate great events, but to make small ones interesting." --Arthur Schopenhauer

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English / Language Arts, Literature, Fictional Literature, literature circles, MAUS, Pride and Prejudice, Life of Pi, That Shakespeare Kid, Tuesdays with Morrie
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