Reflection: Advanced Students Book Groups: Captain Character - Section 3: Today's Focus


As I stated in my “Unit Introduction,” I’ve conducted book clubs a variety of ways. With one class this year, I’ve had students complete the same job each day so that there is little confusion as to what to do and students can share answers centered around the same focus. However, in my second class, students are able to work a bit more independently and so they each have a different job within their group. This allows for longer conversations and broader focus within those discussions. It is for this group that I included the bottom section on today’s work page. It asks the student assigned to Captain Character to think about how the setting is important to their chosen character. While there isn’t anything to write down, I do want students to at least consider this connection. The Selection Spinner does have a portion on his sheet where he must record such a connection. It would be helpful if Captain Character had already considered possible connections and would be able to share her thoughts during the group discussion time. Again, this is just another way to encourage students to connect to each other’s comments during the group share and hold students responsible for being active listeners. 

  Making Connections
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Book Groups: Captain Character

Unit 15: Book Groups
Lesson 7 of 8

Objective: SWBAT read selected passage, complete assigned task, and share completed work with their book groups.

Big Idea: Today's job is "Captain Character." Students must make notes of important words and actions from the character, determine a character trait, and support all of their work with evidence from the text.

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English / Language Arts, Fiction (Reading), character action, character trait, literature circles, Titanic, chapter book, book groups, book clubs, I survived
  55 minutes
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