Did you bring your A++++ game?

Class began with IR. As students read, I checked in their literature circle tasks. We followed up reading with students having about 10 minutes of speech practice time to the wall, and then I took volunteers for Day 1 of speeches (Friday). Students will receive the complete speech order on Thursday. At that point, everyone will know which day they are going.

After speech practice, students moved into their last journal for literature circles! That journal prompt is below:

You are done! Great job! While I hope you enjoyed the book you chose, it is okay if you didn’t; the book’s feelings won’t be hurt and neither will mine. Sometimes things work out, and sometimes they don’t. Either way, it is important to think carefully and deeply about what it was in the book that you liked and/or didn’t like, so you know what to look for in the future. Also, keep in mind that you can like some parts of a book but not all parts.

Take some time to think about what you would rate the book on a scale from one to ten. What parts did you like? What parts would you change? Make sure you can back up your rating with specific events or details, so you can discuss this with your group members.

Upon completion of this writing, students had some time to review their purple “Talking in Circles” handout where they have been tracking their discussion progress throughout these literature circle conversations. They had some time to think about and share with their group members the specific things they would be working on today during discussion.

Discussion worked like it did for students mid-point check, so half of the students started with discussion and the other half started with some independent work.

Those doing independent work first worked on their note cards for their speeches, and then they used this presentation and this handout to learn about semicolon and colon usage.

After 20 minutes, the groups switched. This allowed my helper and I to have at least 10 solid minutes with each group to observe their discussion moves for their final assessment.


  1. Read for 25 minutes.
  2. Vocabulary quiz tomorrow