Reading Circle Meeting & Assessment -Cinder Book One

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SWBAT demonstrate their understanding (though both verbal and written communication) of story elements through textual evidence.

Big Idea

Can you talk the talk?

Warm Up

5 minutes

(Yesterday was Labor Day) So we have returned to school on Trailer Tuesday.  Therefore, I will show students a book trailer or two depending on length. I select trailers for new release books and great books that students aren't picking up.

There are several sites online for locating book trailers.  A quick search on you tube will locate several. Of course, always preview the trailer before showing a class.


20 minutes

Students will complete the attached quiz.  Please see the reflection below "Quiz Structure" about the content of my quizzes.

Reading Circle Meeting

25 minutes

At this time students will have their reading circle meeting.  I will instruct students and remind them that they "practiced" this activity when we read Glitches.

I will remind them again about what makes or breaks a good discussion.  We reviewed this when students completed their membership grid, and with our Glitches reading circle meeting, but this is middle school folks.  They need to hear it again, so to help we'll use the acronym SLANT.

Sit up

Look at the person talking

Act like you care

Nod your head in acknowlegement

Take turns speaking


Next, I will simply remind them that they should have the text, their Reading Circle sheets and open ears. Before turning them lose to discuss, I'll instruct them to start at the top and work their way down.  

I will be circulating, listening and facilitating the discussion process.


Wrap Up

5 minutes

To wrap up, I will bring the class back together and ask each table to identify one thing that stood out in their conversation...a "big idea".  Then, I'll go around again asking each table to tell me one thing that they can improve on for the next meeting. I'll record big ideas and areas for improvement on the SMART board to refer to next time.

Finally, I will ask students to put their Reading Circle sheets in a the caddy to "turn them in".