Lesson: Literature Circles: Days 3-5

Author: Marc Sheehan

Topics: Reading, writing

Time: 50 minutes each day for three days

Materials: Journals, butcher paper, pencils, copies of Annie and the Old One, Through Grandpa's Eyes, A Chair for My Mother

Objectives: The students will compose and write responses to teacher-selected discussion questions concerning literature selections. The responses will be 2 to 3 sentences in length. The sentences will adhere to the rules of capitalization and punctuation.

Introduction: The students will read from the books they have selected in their literature circle group. The reading process could be one of these: round-robin reading, paired reading, choral reading, guided reading, or independent reading.

Procedure: Once the reading is done (finishing the story is not necessary), the teacher will give the students questions or topics to write about. Suggestions include: does this story remind you of anything in your lives? What was your favorite part of the story? Who was your favorite character? Have you ever felt like one of the characters?

Closure: The students will be given time to share their answers with the rest of the members of the group.

Assessment: The journals will be collected to see if the responses are at least 2-3 sentences long and are punctuated and capitalized correctly.

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