**You can download the entire Literature Circle Unit here**
Spanish 4 – Literature Circles with the following 3 books
- Reading & Discussion – They have these general discussion questions, which help them when they get stuck. I move from group to group, helping where needed. I wanted to give them enough in class time to make sure everyone reads, and to provided support for those who like to read out loud with their group. For next year I am requesting the audio books for each group to have as an option as well. For my first time I did not have specific “roles” in each group, but this is something I think I may add with Spanish 3 especially. Spanish 4 had just gotten done doing lit circles in English class, so they had a better idea already of how to stay on track.
- Guided Interpersonal Speaking – Every few days we have a more structured interpersonal time which is required to be completely in Spanish. I give a topic (characters, setting, theme, plot, dram, critique etc), set a timer for 15 minutes, and then walk around informatively assessing. Here is my power point of topics & prompts. It is meant to be like a book club and students may use their books and notes.
- Guided Writing – Right after speaking I set another 15 minute timer and students write about the topic they just discussed, also comparing it to other books and movies. I read these, give feedback and return them as formative practice. you can get all of the writing prompt forms in the unit plan.
- Interpersonal Speaking Assessment – I will listen to each group separately as they discuss and critique their book.
- Presentational Writing Assessment – Students write an individual essay in class on paper about their book, using the literary elements discussed in class, as well as comparing it to other books and/or El Internado. It is included in the unit plan.
- Project – Each group does a short presentation to teach the others about their book and the related culture. All others are encouraged to ask questions as well.
As always this is a work in progress and I would love any feedback that you have for me to make this better!
If you do not have multiple copies of each novel and would like to do something similar, check out my posts on how we did Individual Novel Study last year. Individual Novel Study Part 1 & part 2.