My 7th graders are starting A Wrinkle in Time in about two weeks and I decided to use Literature Circles. This will be my second time attempting Lit Circles and this time, with a push from our district, I created two versions of each role to meet the needs of various learners in my classroom. Read this previous post about my first experience with Lit Circles.
The “A” version is for my higher resource students and my “B” version will be for some of my students who are alternatively assessed and follow the extended standards. Here is an example for one of the roles.
A few students will be paired up so that they are doing the same task as a classmate but at a different level. For example, I will have two students doing the “Discussion Director” tasks for the same chapter but one will do the A version and one will do the B version. Everyone will be responsible for participating daily. (See the grading system at the end of the unit).
The roles are similar to those I used last year, but with new worksheets and a page with the corresponding standards.
- Word Wizard
- Passage Picker
- Clever Connector
- Figurative Language Lover
- Discussion Director
- Sci-Fi Guy (aka Game Changer)
As we read the book, I’ll try to update on our progress and success. Let me know what you think and if you see any immediate changes that need made.
There are a lot of theories about teaching vocabulary. Are you bored with your method? Is it not working as well as you’d like it to? Are you looking for something other than flash cards or your standard vocabulary activities?
Try some of these activities I created for our 7th grade Inclusion Language Arts class. These activities allow for differentiation, discussion, and real world experiences with vocabulary words taught in class.
We are currently using these activities with vocabulary from A Wrinkle in Time. The students were broken into appropriate groups (test scores and our best judgement), and each group received 2 or 3 of these activities to complete.
The activities require students to make connections, use vocabulary in short narrative paragraphs, break words into syllables, identify word parts and parts of speech, use metacognitive strategies, and discuss and use vocabulary with peers in real conversation.
What are some of your favorite ways to teach vocabulary?
How do you differentiate your vocabulary assessments?
I’d love to hear your ideas!