Alison Doering and Katy Smullen, 5th Grade Teachers
Next week, we will start our first literature circle with Tuck Everlasting. During this unit, the students analyze the elements of narrative text structure. They study character, setting, plot, and conflict. We will also be studying similes, metaphors, and foreshadowing. Students use the different book club “jobs” (connector, summarizer, illustrator, word wizard, scene setter, and director) to help them deepen comprehension. During their book club conversation, the director will lead the conversation, allowing each student to have a voice in the discussion. The goal is that the students naturally discuss the novel while focusing on the jobs they have been assigned. Socially, they will analyze why it is important to be responsible and respectful, and they practice using discussion prompts to listen and build on one another’s ideas during discussion. They also explore an important theme in the novel: would you want to live forever!