ELA 11 Unit 3: Classics Book  Clubs

We are continuing to question what we read, thinking about it’s place on the canon of high school literature.  

Essential Questions:

Evidence, Deadlines and Outcome Targets

Evidence

Deadline

Outcome Target(s)

Reading:  Classic text with goodreads updates before each meeting

Ongoing 

Plan- Goal setting/deadlines

Meeting Prep: Preparing for discussion using graphic organizer

Ongoing 

Plan- Goal Setting

Meetings: Collaborating in three book club meetings

May 14, 22,25

 Argue, Collaborate

Turn over for the calendar!

May 2018 Unit Calendar (*Subject to small changes)

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

 Friday

7

In Class:

Texts Selected

8

In Class:

Groups Meet and Begin Reading

9

In Class: Reading

My Homework:

10

In Class:  Goodreads.com mini-lesson

My Homework:

11

In Class: Reading or meeting prep

My Homework:

14

First book club MEETING Read up to page:___

Come with notes and organizer completed.

My homework:

15

In-Class: Mini-Lesson on 2nd

My Homework:

16

In Class:  Mini-lesson- Discerning Complex, unfamiliar texts

My Homework:

17

My Homework:

18

21

22

Second Book Club Meeting: Up to Page:____ Come with notes and organizer completed

My homework:

23

In Class:

My homework:

24

In Class:

My homework:

25

FINAL Book club MEETING! Books Finished. Come with notes and organizer completed!

Scroll down for Meeting Preparation Directions!

Preparation for Book Club Meeting 1

Date:____________

Name:__________

Since our focus during this literary study is on uncovering central ideas (themes) and how literary elements help to develop those themes, to prepare for your first meeting, search for what you notice about THEME and LITERARY ELEMENTS.

Then ask some big ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS that you can present to your group.  As we’ve noticed, these are usually connected to themes. Try to use examples (page numbers to refer to in discussion) wherever you can.  Consider visiting your books’ page on my website for outside information to layer your conversation, as well!

Central Ideas (Themes) I notice so far- with any pages that help you discuss this!

Literary Elements I notice so far - with page numbers to refer to!

Essential Discussion Questions for my group:

Book Club Rubrics - Planning and Performance in Meeting 1

Outcome: Plan

Outcome Target

Evidence Used

MS

ES

Creates appropriate plans and follows them in a timely manner with attention to deadlines.

  • Completed organizer or notes with categories from the graphic organizer
  • Goodreads is regularly updated with page numbers

During work sessions, student utilizes time management techniques and strategies to reach goals. Student fully completes tasks and meets deadlines.

Student meets specific benchmarks and deadlines - demonstrating an ability to accurately estimate time and effort required to complete a task. During work sessions, student effectively utilizes time management techniques and strategies to reach goals and meet deadlines.

Outcome: Argue

Outcome Target

Evidence Used

NY

MS

ES

Formulates written or verbal arguments to support claims with clear reasons, sound logic, and relevant evidence

Book Club Meeting Recording Or Observation:  (Accurately refer to the text in order to make a claim or respond to classmates claims!)

Student introduces and solidifies original thesis/claim with relevant and appropriate evidence.

Student solidifies a precise original thesis/claim with logically-sequenced, relevant, and multiple pieces of  appropriate evidence. Analysis includes rich justification.

COLLABORATE - Outcome Target: Participates positively and effectively in a range of collaborative discussions, activities, and projects  

NY

MS

ES

Student prepares for the collaborative activity. She participates actively by using evidence, building on others ideas and using academic language.  

Student reads the needs of the group or task and modifies behavior by leading and/or listening. Serves as facilitator of group tasks in decision making and problem solving, improvises by asking questions and making relevant connections.

Ways to work on this target:  

  •  Come prepared!  Use the prompts, essential questions and rubric(s) to get ready
  • Take notes to gather your thoughts while others are speaking
  • “Think on your feet” and be in the moment of the collaborative activity
  • Refer to evidence, often.
  • Bring in outside information to layer conversation