Literature circles are a great way to get students grappling with the text. It is important to let students lead the discussion. Ideas for implementing a good literature circle are found on this website.
Summary Writing Mini-Unit - This four day unit allows your students to explore the art of summary writing! Includes a unit plan, teaching/pacing guide, article links, graphic organizer, guided notes and rubric! Help your students learn the summary writing formula for success (and have some fun, too!) $
Spice up your poetry unit by hosting a Poetry Slam. Students will love engaging with poetry in this new way! This freebie includes a classroom-tested timeline, links to examples, and a worksheet to get your students analyzing.