Novels – Reading and Discussion Tools for Any Text


Improve reading comprehension and boost speaking and listening skills with this unit for whole-class reading discussion or literature circles. Discussion handouts require students to summarize, analyze author’s craft, define vocabulary, and identify text support. Students also select quotations to draw conclusions, make predictions, and form connections. These activities guide their reading and prepare them for Readers’ Roundtable, which imitates the style of Socratic Seminar.



Each discussion procedure handout guides students through a quick-write, goal setting, partner rehearsal, inner and outer circles, whip-around and hot seat, observation notes, and reflection. As your students engage in their own reading discussion, they take ownership for their learning while meeting the rigorous standards of Common Core.

This 42-page resource comes as a Zip file and includes the following:

  • teacher instructions
  • discussion preparation handouts
  • graphic organizers
  • exemplars
  • student response sheets
  • discussion procedure handouts with journal prompts and reflection questions
  • editable discussion procedure (PowerPoint slide)
  • observation notes handout
  • rubric (and editable version)
  • “hot seat” posters (color and black/white)
  • absence activity
  • reading schedules

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