For the first part of Q2, we are participating in Literature Circles! This unit focuses on books that center around the main character being a refugee or immigrant. The whole unit is structured in small groups and we focus on going deep into the text to start analyzing fiction.
Each child is in a group of students ranging in size from 3-5 students. Each day groups are working on different thing but each week every student will be participating in the following things:
- Elements of Literature Activity - each week this will have a different focus that will support the book that students are reading.
- Preparation for Literature Circle Meeting - this is a two-page activity that students are given class time to do. This is a major grade and must be completed before the group meets weekly.
- Literature Circle Discussion - once a week students will meet with their group and have a structured academic conversation about their books. this is done with a teacher and graded.
Students received a Unit Calendar along with their group number in class in their workbook packet that we will use from now until Thanksgiving Break. This outlines the whole quarter and roughly what they will be working on each day. All students should have their book completed by 11/12/18 and a Unit Exam will be on 11/13/18.
Ample amounts of class time are given to reading and for completing activities. If students are not completing work in class it may be homework. However, most students can complete the reading and work in class. Since this unit is self-monitored, there will be weekly progress reports given to students. If students are not passing, they will be required to have a parent sign their progress report.
The only homework that is assigned is the Article of the Week. It is still assigned to the Google Classroom on Mondays and is due Fridays by 1 pm.