Reflection: Unit Planning How to Choose a "Just Right" Literature Circle Book - Section 2: Guiding the Learning


I have used primarily fiction books for lit circle prior to Common Core changes. Trying to stay with the nonfiction focus - I switched to non fiction for an entire unit ranging from volcanoes, to history, to saving turtles. To be honest the students' conversations were not as deep or involved and while they enjoyed the learning, they did not have as much to share about due to the length of the reading. The history books were better, but I had to monitor more closely to develop questions for their books - if you want to go this route, pre-write some questions for each chapter for them to discuss which involve more evaluation of decisions made, or consequences of different choices and effects on them and us. Poetry is another option but the length is shorter so it makes it hard for sustained meetings. This does work as a good filler for groups who end earlier than others and need something short to read until the others catch up. The conversations are good provided they understand the topic and the poem has a plot.    

  fiction vs nonfiction
  Unit Planning: fiction vs nonfiction
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How to Choose a "Just Right" Literature Circle Book

Unit 12: How to Create Effective Literature Circle Discussions
Lesson 10 of 11

Objective: SWBAT...evaluate different texts to determine reading levels and interest .

Big Idea: Good readers think about what, why and how they read before they choose a story!

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