Nonfiction Reading Circles Part 2 -One Step Ahead of Hitler

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SWBAT understand how individuals lives are changed by other individuals and events.

Big Idea

Making the story part of our memory too.. "for those who will never be able to tell us what they remember."

Warm Up

5 minutes

Today is Trailer Tuesday, so 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. (The link provided will take you to an earlier lesson with my reflection explaining more about my use of book trailers.)

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.

Independent Work

45 minutes

As today is their only full day of reading, I want to allow students as much time as possible; however, I do want to point out the unique structure interview/narrative structure of the book and talk about point of view (see video resource) first.  

I will have students turn to page 6 in the book to look an an example of the structure.  The narrative is interrupted by interview-like sections.  Since they started the book yesterday, they have encountered this and will understand my point.

After we are all "on the same page" with this issue, students will pick up where they left off in their reading during the last class. As they do they will be very involved in the text, actively reading per the instructions on the Reading Circle Sheets.

I will allow the class to read until the last five minutes of class time.

Wrap Up

5 minutes

Wrap up time is spent allowing students to "debrief" independently - collecting and/or completing their thoughts on their Reading Circle sheets for tomorrow's meeting. I expect that all students will have finished their reading since they each read a small portion.

We will also discuss questions or concerns before class is dismissed.