Literature Circle Prep Work Day

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SWBAT read and fill in discussion boxes in preparation for their group meeting.

Big Idea

How can we prepare for small group meetings? Students read their novels and determine how setting impacts the conflict.

Intensive Work Time

50 minutes

At the end of the previous day's lesson, students were given Student Work: Discussion Boxes, Set 3.

Today, they are given time to complete this work in class. I make student's aware that this work time is precious and rare. If I notice that they're not using their time wisely, I have a conversation with them about why that is frustrating to me, and draw attention to the fact that I could just have assigned all of this as homework.

I also make sure to confer with kids about page totals, content of in the novels, and other parts of the discussion boxes, include how they're generating valuable discussion questions.

Immediate vs. General Setting Notetaking

10 minutes

As an entire class, we talk about identifying the difference between general and immediate settings. Before we identify them in our reading, we have to develop an understanding of these settings in the read world.

We determine that immediate setting is detailed and specific, and the general setting is in fact more general, vague, and less specific.

We take Whole Class Notes: Immediate vs. General Setting.

Kids offer up examples of the different types of settings.

Read Aloud: "Iqbal" & T-Chart Work

20 minutes

Finally, I read aloud chapter three of "Iqbal."

As I read, I want kids to notice the settings. What are the general vs. immediate settings that are exposed in the novel. First, I ask for an example of an immediate setting in the novel. We determine that the carpet factory is the first immediate setting that comes to mind in the novel. It is described in detail and generates a lot of conflict.

Then, we create the start of a Setting T-Chart. On one side of the T-Chart, we place all settings: general vs. immediate. On the other side, we have the variety of conflicts generated by this setting. This leads us towards answering tomorrow's key question:

How does setting affect the conflict?