Reflection: Shared Expectations Setting the Scene - Section 3: Book Club Discussion



I discovered that the book club discussion did not go as planned.  Tomorrow I am going  to change how students do their group work/book talk.  They will work on a learning task together, sharing their knowledge in a heterogenous group immediately after the mini-lesson and then we will have a group share, then the workshop will end with independent reading.  My purpose for this is to build students background knowledge and have them learning from each other.  I am teaching them some ways of interacting with each other to be an effective group member.Cooperative Learning RubricTeam RulesProgress Rubric

As I analyzed student work, I found an extremely wide range of student responses.  I want to have students sharing their rich background knowledge with each other and helping build their vocabularies through a group discussion and learning task.  To continue to build students' vocabularies, the group work will be followed by a quick whole group share of the words and ideas collected on their T charts.

After the whole group share, students will independently read.  During this time I can confer or work with a small group on basic reading skills.


  Shared Expectations: Adding Group Roles and Cooperative Learning Rubric to group work
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Setting the Scene

Unit 7: Historical Fiction- Slavery and the Civil War
Lesson 3 of 15

Objective: SWBAT describe the setting of their book by identifying objects and words that relate to the time period.

Big Idea: Students travel to another place and time!

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