Historical Fiction Literature Circles


Follow these links to student wikis for the following books:

Al Capone Does My Shirts

The Book Thief

Briar Rose

A Day No Pigs Would Die

Diary of Anne Frank

Eyes of the Emperor

Goodnight, Mr. Tom

Heroes

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (not published)

Number the Stars

Under A War Torn Sky





Students will choose from a list of historical fiction books, and groups are limited to sections of Ms. H's Pre-AP Language Arts classes. Focus is on PLOT Discussion expectations can be found here.

Main Wiki Page should include (using textual evidence from the book as support)

  • home page with general information
  • detailed plot summary (no spoilers!), including rising action, conflicts, climax and resolution
  • brief description of each character
  • information on setting and its effect on the plot and characters
  • planning page

FINAL PROJECT: PUBLICATION OF WIKI PAGE



FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 15

Wiki Discussion Board

  • Minimum of ONE POST discussion board (Introductions, plan reading schedule, etc.)

Home page, must have

  • Group members’ names (no last names!)
  • Book’s Title
  • Book’s Author
  • Book’s Publisher
  • Book’s Publication Date


FOR MONDAY, JANUARY 19 (NO SCHOOL, BUT WIKI WORK DUE ANYWAY!)...

Wiki Discussion Board

  • Minimum of ONE POST discussion board (Discuss first impressions of setting)

Setting Page:

  • Identify primary place and time of book; include sensory details for each setting, including all five senses, if possible

Planning Page:

  • Post reading schedule


FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 22...

Wiki Discussion Board

  • TWO Comments on someone else's post about setting

Characters Page:

  • List main characters with brief descriptions; include explanation of each character’s role in the story

Planning Page:

  • Identify Group Organizer
  • Identify unifying elements of design for wiki (font, colors, etc.)


FOR MONDAY, JANUARY 26...

Wiki Discussion Board

  • Minimum of ONE POST discussion board (Discuss in detail one conflict in the story)

Home Page:

  • Information about author; book awards, etc. (may be on a separate page)
  • Include image associated with book (e.g., cover, author, etc.), including proper MLA citation (or caption, if original media) for image

Plot Page:

  • Create timeline or outline of important events (including conflicts, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution)

Planning Page:

  • List ideas for incorporating original media


FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 29...

Wiki Discussion Board

  • TWO Comments on someone else's post about a conflict in the story

Any Page:

  • Include original artwork on relevant page (e.g., scanned drawing, digital drawing, photograph, etc.)

Setting Page:

  • Add additional settings (as necessary), including sensory details; explain how setting affects mood and tone of story


FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2...

Wiki Discussion Board

  • Minimum of ONE POST discussion board (Discuss climax of book)

Character Page:

  • For at least one character, include a quote showing any of his or her thoughts, words, or actions that help the reader understand him or her better. Cite the quote properly.

Plot Page:

  • Include description of climax (or build up to it) without any spoilers


FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5...

Wiki Discussion Board

  • TWO Comments on someone else's post about climax

Any Page:

  • Include ANOTHER piece of original artwork on relevant page
  • Include original audio or video recording (with proper caption)


FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9...

Wiki Discussion Board

  • Minimum of ONE POST discussion board (Discuss resolution and ending of book)

Plot Page:

  • Polish narrative; include all important events and build-up to climax without any spoilers

ALL PAGES:

  • EACH GROUP MEMBER proofreads for conventions, citations, captions



When all this has been done, your group needs to show your entire site to Ms. H

Now you're ready to have your site go public!!




FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13

Wikis are Graded



Grading Rubric


4
3
2
1
Targeting Audiences
The student targets the classroom teacher, classmates, school mates, and the local community as the audiences for his/her group product.
The student targets the classroom teacher, classmates, and school mates as the audiences for his/her group pro.
The student targets the classroom teacher and classmates as the audiences for his/her group product.
The student targets the classroom teacher as the audience for his/her group product.
Using Multimedia
The student uses original media components that appeal to two or more senses in multimedia group products.
The student incorporates original media components that appeal to at least one sense in multimedia group products.
In addition to non-electronic media, the student uses media published by professionals to create multimedia group products.
The student uses non-electronic media only (poster board, crayons, pens, etc.) to create group products.
Planning
The student engages in oral conversation and written electronic communication that shows vision and revision to plan for group products.
The student engages in oral conversation and written electronic communication to plan for group products.
The student engages in oral conversation and written communication to plan for group products.
The student engages in oral conversation only to plan for group products.
Designing
The student’s group products exhibit three elements of design.
The student’s group products exhibit two elements of design.
The student’s group products exhibit one element of design.
The student’s group product does not exhibit elements of design.
Presenting
The student utilizes three technology tools to present group products.
The student utilizes two technology tools to present group products.
The student utilizes one technology tool to present group products.
The student does not use any of these technology tools to present group products.