Reflection: Rules and Consequences Diamonds in the Rough: Using Diamante Poems as Formative Assessment in Literature Circles - Section 1: Teacher to Teacher: Lesson Context and Time Frame


Planning a literature circle unit can be scary, so knowing where to go for help is important. First, I recommend teacher know the books they offer students and that they have some specific formative assessments planned so that they can manage student behaviors. When students know that there will be accountability for their learning, they are more apt to come prepared to read and work rather than to waste time. Mini Lessons for Literature Circles offers some suggestions for classroom management of literature circles, and while the book seemingly deals w/ lower grades, it also gives upper grade teachers some ideas for routines and for dealing w/ potential problems. Here's a link to the preview I mention in the screencast. Check it out. 

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Diamonds in the Rough: Using Diamante Poems as Formative Assessment in Literature Circles

Unit 13: Reading and the Empathetic Imagination: Teaching in Literature Circles
Lesson 3 of 5

Objective: SWBAT compose a diamante poem about a character, theme, setting, or passage from their literature circle texts.

Big Idea: Noun; Adjective, Adjective; Verb, Verb, Verb; Noun, Noun, Noun, Noun; Verb, Verb, Verb; Adjective, Adjective;Noun

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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, Diamante Poetry
  50 minutes
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