For years I’ve done Literature Circles and tried lots of variations, but this one worked really well with students. It allowed them some independence while still having accountability. We hosted a book club for students one day a week and used the Twisted Literature Circles lesson and activities to help students organize their learning for the books they read.
For this activity students were placed in groups of 4-5 students and were given a book at their reading level. They signed a contract to decide how many chapters would be read each week and which task the group members would do. While I decided on the groups and the books, they decided on the due dates and projects.
- I liked making my iPad.
- Usually I can’t get all my work done because I read slower. This was good because there wasn’t too much writing and I had enough time to get my part done for the group.
- Can we do this again with our own books?
- I really liked the ones when we got to draw.
What types of activities do you do with your class involving novel studies?