This past week, our fifth graders put on their thinking caps and turned their mystery based literature circle novel into the beginnings of a movie. Within each literature circle, students drafted characterizations, a casting list, a synopsis, and created movie posters as a way to advertise their novel. Each group then presented their “movie” to the class. Check out the groups’ presentations below!
As you know, our readers meet with their Literature Circle groups once a week. During each meeting the students share out and discuss the role sheets they completed for the reading assigned that week.
What are role sheets you ask? Role sheets allow the children to view the text through different lenses. There are six roles the students will take on through out their Literature Circles journey. These roles include: “The Summarizer,” “The Connector,” “The Author Applauder,” “The Character Commander,” “The Question Conductor,” and “The Researcher.”
Check out the pictures below, which illustrate examples of students’ completed role sheets.
Before Christmas break, our “readers” were introduced to the Literature Circle Bulletin Board, which includes model role sheets and a procedural pocket chart. Throughout the six weeks of Literature Circles, our readers will be expected to utilize this board, in order to navigate through their mystery novel groups.
After being introduced to the bulletin board, our readers met with their Literature Circle groups to begin their first reading and writing assignment. Check out some of the first meetings below!
Last week, our readers were introduced to the mystery genre. As a way to get the students thinking about mysteries, each student brainstormed elements of a mystery and shared out their thoughts with the class.
Once students understood the components of the mystery genre, they were introduced to five mystery novels. After listening to a brief book talk on each novel, students ranked the novels based on choice. Using the rankings, students were placed in Literature Circle groups.
Stay tuned as the fifth grade begins their six week journey through the mystery genre!