My students are gifted, capable, and motivated. I'm trying to work out a reading reward for 4th quarter as a treat for them. I've had the same group of kids for 3 years, and this will be our culminating reading project. Students will select their top 3 books from a list. From those choices, I will place them in literature circle groups.
Within those groups, they'll develop discussion questions, symbolic artwork, locate and analyze key events and quotations, and decode tricky vocabulary in groups.
Because they are in 8th grade, these circles will help them develop independence before high school, have choices with their reading, and look at the book from various lenses. I look forward to this opportunity for them.
This is a wonderful, enriching literacy activity for my students. I wanted them to have the special experience that comes from studying a book in small groups. I also wanted each student to select a book from a list of books with a common theme, coming of age. I didn't want it to be another book that I selected for them. I wanted them to have the opportunity to choose!
They'll read the book as a team and then take turns as discussion leader, artist, quote finder, and vocabulary enricher.
This allows them to stretch in different roles and to view the same book from 4 different perspectives.
The assignment and circles will allow them to read a book of their choosing and develop some independence as they prepare for high school!
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