Collobrative Literature Circles for the 21st Century

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Grade Level(s):  
Oregon Common Core State Standards: 
EL.05.RE.04
EL.05.RE.07
EL.05.RE.10
Lesson Plan Details
Duration: 
4-7 weeks - 4X week for 1 hour a day (Depending of length of books)
Objective: 
Students from 2 different schools will use ichat and edmodo to discuss novels that they are reading simultaneously. Students will learn how to use blogging to share ideas on a text, extend their understanding, and develop vocabulary. They will finish their project with a collaborative powerpoint showing what they have learned.
Resources: 
Computers with internet, ichat, powerpoint and photobooth. On line Edmodo (free Web 2.0 tool) account. Sets of book novels for both schools.
Preparation: 

Prior to instruction, the teachers from both schools need to come up with sets of novels they wish to use. The novels need to match the lexiles of the students participating. 

One teacher needs to create a blog account (edmodo), set up a group for students from both schools, have students join this group and then set up sub groups by novel.  If Edmodo is used all student correspondences can be done through this website.   They are able to discuss with their teacher and team members but not to students individually.

Decide on the roles both teachers want for lit circle and a schedule for when students are ichatting, reading and blogging.

Place student in novels based on their interest and lexile level.

Decide on final powerpoint project, how it will work, who will do what slide and a rubric to score their slide.

Instruction: 

1st Day -
Prior to the 1st on line student ichat, teachers will set up a time for groups to ichat and meet each other.  They need to introduce themselves, tell one thing about themselves and tell what they think would make a good collaborative partner.  They will all agree on the pages they are to read and the jobs they are to do and how to post them.  Begin reading if time.

2nd Day -
Read for Assignment # 1 and do Lit Circle job. (See attached sheet with job descriptions)

3rd Day -
1st set of groups meet for 15 minutes on ichat.  Discussion Director will lead the discussion asking their questions and reviewing the jobs posted by the other members.
After 15 minutes 2nd set of groups meet and do the same thing.  Teachers have been added into the groups and are able to meet with 2 groups each day kids do ichat.

4th Day - Read for next assignment and do Lit Circle job.

Repeat this sequence for the remainder of the book.

During the final meeting with their group they will discuss their final powerpoint project.  Each person in their group will complete a slide that includes a picture that they have drawn, reading of a passage from the book and written text.  Depending on the size of the groups you can add to the number of slides.  Our groups had 5 students and this is how we divided them up. 
1 student - setting (And also introductory slide)
2 students - characters
2 students do the 8 main events in the story.  1 student does 1-4 and the 2nd student does 5-8

When all of the slides are completed they will be put together and using  ichat  on the macs and the Share a file with ichat Theater, they can be presented at both schools at the same time. 

Assessment: 

Blog replies

SRC quiz (Scholastic Reading Counts)

Oregon Educational Technology Standards
Creativity and Innovation: 
1A. Apply existing knowledge to forecast possibilities and generate new ideas, products or processes.
1B. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
Communication and Collaboration: 
2A. Interact and collaborate with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
2B. Effectively communicate and publish to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
2D. Contribute to project teams. Produce original works or solve problems in a team setting.
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making: 
4B. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
Digital Citizenship: 
5A. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and digital technology.
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