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Girls Read: Online Literature Circles
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Recurring Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Six 45-minute sessions|
Ridley Park, Pennsylvania
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Computers with Internet access
- E-mail accounts for students’ personal use, or a discussion board platform such as Blackboard
|1.||Select five appropriate titles with strong female protagonists (see the Suggested Booklist).
|2.||Familiarize yourself with the five selected titles and prepare a synopsis of each to share with your students during Session 1. Divide each title into four approximately equal sections for suggested reading assignments.
|3.||Prepare some broad discussion questions specific to each selected title for use in classroom literature circles.
|4.||Make one copy for each student of the Online Literature Circles: Self Assessment form.
|5.||Visit the Teenreads.com website and familiarize yourself with the Word of Mouth and Monthly Poll features (links on the left side of the page).
Make sure all students have personal e-mail accounts. If you are using school computers for the lesson, verify that students will be able to access their e-mail from school.
Note: Because many school policies place restrictions upon the exchange of e-mail messages, adapt the lesson to meet the technology policies and resources of your school. Such adaptations include:
As a homework assignment, students could be asked to read texts and send e-mail responses to a partner or to all members of the online literature circle. Because parental control settings on Internet service providers are often set to receive e-mail only from specified safe addresses, parents should be asked to add the addresses of the students’ e-mail pen pals to the approved list on their child’s account.Discussion Boards
Many schools use a software platform such as Blackboard to facilitate communication within the school system. A Blackboard system enables each teacher to post assignments and organize discussion boards for class topics. Teachers who have access to this type of platform could create a literature discussion board so that students could post their responses through the discussion board rather than through individual e-mail accounts.
|6.||If you will be using a school computer lab, reserve time in the lab for e-mail exchanges (each session) and for student exploration of Teenreads.com (Session 6).|