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The Literature Circle: Reading Like a Writer

by Harvey Daniels

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The Literature Circle: Reading Like a Writer

Grades 5 – 9
Type Journal
Published December 2003
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English



Reading internalizes every aspect of good writing—if you’re reading good writing, which most middle school textbooks aren’t. Here are criteria and suggestions for good content-area articles and trade nonfiction books.


Daniels, Harvey. "THE LITERATURE CIRCLE: Reading Like a Writer." Voices From the Middle 11.2 (December 2003): 58-9.


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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Examining Plot Conflict through a Comparison/Contrast Essay

Students explore picture books to identify the characteristics of four types of conflict. They then write about a conflict they have experienced and compare it to a conflict from literature.