#getlit Circles Day 1

Day 1

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“Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood” Clap Your Hands, Say Yeah!

This is a fun song, but a bit odd and also has some questionable lyrics at the end- Know your students and whether this is appropriate for them or not.


Congratulate students on a wonderful seminar and recap some of the great thoughts they expressed. Tell them they are about to embark on another “coming-of-age” novel of their choice. I introduced the main project for the whole unit before showing them the book options.

Active Engagement

Using the board-approved books for ninth grade at our school, I created (with the help of our incredible media specialist Robin Stiles) this slideshow to give the kids an idea of their options.

Students then filled out this Google form, indicating their top four choices.

Once I had their choices, I put them into groups of 3-4 based on their personalities and work ethic, etc. Group your students appropriately.


I gave this assignment before winter break, and gave out the books. I told students they did not have to read at all during break- the project would begin the day we returned.

Side Note: Over half of the students began reading over break due to a mixture of boredom and excitement about their projects. This is the highest level of interest and engagement I have ever had in a classroom, and that’s saying a lot. I also had one student who read her entire book twice, and another student who read 7 of the final 8 novels assigned, just to see which one she liked most. This unit lends itself organically to extension for high-flyers.


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