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Lesson Plan

Subject: Literacy
Grade span: K to 2
Duration: 30 minutes
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Book Discussion Groups and Literature Circles


This lesson is one example of how you can implement a book discussion group or literature circle. After reading a story aloud, students engage in a discussion about what was read, what it means, and connections they make among the literature, their own lives, and the world around them.

Learning Goals:


A copy of the book The Relatives Came, by Cynthia Rylant, for each student


What to Do:

Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):

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