Group Size: Any

Time Required: 60 - 90 minutes

Learning Objectives: Students will be able to...

Maintain eye contact while presenting ideas to their peers
Demonstrate active listening behaviors by maintaining eye contact with the speaker and nodding to signal comprehension
Code the text to indicate use of reading strategies


Share ideas within a literature circle group
Code the text to indicate use of reading strategies


Student Worksheet #20 (attached)
Peer Assessment Rubrics (attached)
Teacher Rubrics (attached)
Unit Surveys (attached)
Post-it Notes (so that students can code the text)

Do Now: (Add a Do Now to the Student Notes so that students have something to complete upon entering the room. I like to use this opportunity to spiral skills from prior lessons or to ask students to journal about a life experience that might help them to make a connection with today's lesson.)

Connection: Today we will be splitting into four groups to wrap up our unit.

Direct Instruction / Guided Practice: Just like yesterday, each group will complete two activities today. (T will explain the schedule, write the schedule on the board, and instruct S to write the schedule into their notes. I recommend splitting the time remaining into two equal parts, saving five minutes to close out the lesson and to facilitate clean-up at the conclusion of the period.)

During these times, you will be doing one of three things: reading and coding your novels, holding a final meeting within your literature circles, or presenting and peer assessing projects.

(T will instruct students where to go if they are reading silently, record this on the board, and instruct students to record it in their notes.) When you are reading silently and coding the text, the expectations are the same as they are during any other reading time. Your eyes should be in your books, and you should only be breaking concentration to code the text using your post-it notes. It may be challenging to stay focused today given everything that is going on around you, but I know you can do it.

(T will instruct students where to go if they are meeting with their literature circles.) You should conduct your literature circle meetings as usual, although obviously today you won't be assigning pages or selecting roles. Instead, you should focus on wrapping up your discussion of the novel. There are two additional tasks I will be asking you to complete, as well. First, please complete the Unit Survey so that I know how I can improve this unit with next year's students. (T will explain where the unit survey will be so that students can access it quickly and easily.) Second, please designate one person from your literature circle to collect novels from the entire group. (T will explain where novels should go once they are collected.) It's extremely important that you keep your voices down today as you are discussing. As you know, other students will be reading, and a few more of us will be giving our presentations!

(T will instruct students where to go if they are presenting their projects.) I will give you additional directions for presentations once we meet together. I'm so excited to hear what you have learned!

(T will explain which individuals will be rotating with which groups. Groups should be created based upon literature circles, as literature circles must meeting during this time. S should circle their group and schedule on today's notes.)

Link: Let's get ready for our first transition of the day. That means that you have all of your materials ready for the entire day. If you need your literature circle book out, get it out. If you need a pencil and some post-its, please have them ready. If you need to locate your project, get that ready too. Please take 60 seconds just to organize your materials. (T will allow time.)

Remember, during the transition, you should only be whispering words that we are respectful of each others' space. Your sixty seconds for transitioning to your first activities begin now.

(T will allow time.)

We are now beginning work on our first activities for today. (T will remind students of noise levels and time limits, then join the group giving presentations.)

Independent Practice:

(S in literature circles will conduct meetings, complete surveys and collect novels.)

(S reading silently will read their pleasure reading and literature circle novels silently and code the text as they read.)

(T will distribute peer assessment rubrics to Group One. T will review rubric with students and remind students that they are also expected to demonstrate active listening--eye contact and nodding to signal understanding--while they are listeners. Failure to model excellent active listening will result in a decreased score on the project as a whole.

T will explain that although the rubric for peer assessment appears on the back of their sheets, they need not write on the actual rubric. They can instead use one grid for each student on the front of the sheet.

T will then facilitate S presentations. T will record comments and grades for each student on the Teacher Rubrics. At the conclusion of the activity, T will collect all student rubrics and record any relevant student comments onto the Teacher Rubric.)

(At the half-way mark, T will facilitate the transition and re-introduce project presentations to Group Two.)

Closing: Great work today! I look forward to seeing everyone's Unit Surveys so that I understand how to make this unit even better next year.

Differentiation: Literature circle and pleasure reading novels are differentiated by reading level and by choice. Peer assessment norms students around expectations for presentations. Active reading strategy: coding the text.



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