Reflection: Unit Planning Literature Circle Reading Day: Chapters 7-11 - Section 2: Independent Reading: Investigating Chapters 7-11


When planning our look at "To Kill a Mockingbird," I knew I would have to work around the constraints of our April schedule: days off for In-Services, the holiday weekend, and state testing, and still provide ample time to complete our curriculum in by the end of May. As such, this reading day was scheduled on the last full day of the week, and I knew focusing the students would be difficult. However, I also knew that if given a literature circle discussion before a long weekend, the chances of rushing through the material in order to chat off-topic would be much greater. For the most part, my students remained focused today; they read, they checked their grades, they worked on their projects. As I circulated the room, there were only a few moments I needed to ask students to put their phones away or make sure they were reading. 

I find it important to know my students, not just to gauge their learning and growth, but also to know what will "work" on a particular day and what will not as I plan my units. 

  Focus, Motivation, and Ownership
  Unit Planning: Focus, Motivation, and Ownership
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Literature Circle Reading Day: Chapters 7-11

Unit 14: Literacy: "To Kill A Mockingbird" Collaborative Study
Lesson 4 of 15

Objective: SWBAT analyze the beginning development of the theme of bravery in "To Kill a Mockingbird" through independent reading and individual assignments in preparation for their next literature circle discussion.

Big Idea: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” -Nelson Mandela

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