Ch 9: Gallery Walk & Literature Circle Activities

About This Chapter

Easily plan and organize gallery walks and literature circles with the helpful resources in this chapter. These text and video lessons cover some of the best practices, evaluations and activities geared to a variety of age groups so you can create successful class events.

Gallery Walk & Literature Circle Activities - Chapter Summary

This resource chapter helps you create interactive, engaging activities like gallery walks and literary circles for your students that increase understanding and retention. Tips for creating activities for different age levels about different topics, and some of the ways to measure success from these events are provided. Activities geared towards specific works of literature, including Frindle, 1984 and The Giver are included, along with those aimed at particular time periods, such as the Civil War and the Great Depression, and topics, such as math and the solar system .

Our professional instructors have created these lessons so you can be confident that they'll help you succeed in planning great events. You can review these ideas anytime, on a computer, tablet or smartphone and print out the transcripts for offline planning.

How It Helps

  • Rules and guidelines: Take the guess work out of how to structure your events with the rules for literature circles provided
  • Strategy and outcomes: Understand how to focus your teaching while using a gallery walk to instruct your students
  • Games and activities: Increase understanding and engagement by including games and activities in your literature circles and gallery walks
  • Assessment: Use these tips and tools to evaluate how your students did and assess how successful the event was

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning gallery walk and literature circle activity lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific gallery walk and literature circle activity topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your gallery walk and literature circle activity class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related gallery walk and literature circle activity lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important gallery walk and literature circle activity concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant gallery walk and literature circle-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

48 Lessons in Chapter 9: Gallery Walk & Literature Circle Activities
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Literature Circle Lesson Plan

1. Literature Circle Lesson Plan

A literature circle is a teaching strategy that empowers students with the choice of what they read and how they read it while teaching students the habits of skilled readers. Use this lesson plan to implement literature circles in your classroom.

Literature Circle Lesson Plan for Elementary School

2. Literature Circle Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Literature circles can be a great way to get students talking about books. With this lesson plan, teach your students about literature circles before they discuss and analyze self-selected books in small groups.

Literature Circles for Poetry Reading

3. Literature Circles for Poetry Reading

This lesson describes what literature circles are and how they can be adapted for poetry, and offers several strategies for using them in the English/Language Arts classroom.

Literature Circles: Purpose & Best Practices

4. Literature Circles: Purpose & Best Practices

In this lesson, we will discuss the purpose of literature circles and best practices for implementing them in classrooms to engage readers in discussions with their peers about literature.

Literature Circle Roles Summary

5. Literature Circle Roles Summary

In this lesson, we will define the various student roles in a literature circle, including their purpose and responsibilities. After reading about these roles a teacher will be able to begin implementing them in the classroom.

Literature Circles: Assessment & Evaluation

6. Literature Circles: Assessment & Evaluation

Teachers need to make certain students improve the depth of their comprehension that is built during literature circles. Here are several methods of assessment and evaluation to try.

Literature Circles in High School

7. Literature Circles in High School

Literature circles teach students to read and think together. These structured group lessons allow all students to play a role in building deeper reading comprehension. Read to learn how literature circles are applied specifically to high school classrooms.

Literature Circles in Middle School

8. Literature Circles in Middle School

Middle schoolers are at the perfect age to collaborate in literature circles. They are also at a challenging age for effective group work because many middle schoolers struggle with structure. Read on to learn more about implementing literature circles in the middle school classroom.

Literature Circles in Elementary School

9. Literature Circles in Elementary School

Adults enjoy book clubs because they have the opportunity to have thoughtful discussions about works of literature with like-minded readers. This joy for reading began in elementary school. In this lesson, we will explore literature circles in an elementary school setting and discuss how to run one effectively in your classroom.

Literature Circles & Common Core

10. Literature Circles & Common Core

The Common Core State Standards challenge teachers to raise the level of reading comprehension work in the classroom. Literature circles can teacher students to read and think as the standards demand.

Literature Circles vs. Guided Reading

11. Literature Circles vs. Guided Reading

Students should show significant understanding during guided readings before they proceed into a literature circle, which requires more autonomy for student comprehension.

The Difference Between Book Clubs & Literature Circles

12. The Difference Between Book Clubs & Literature Circles

In this lesson, we will define literature circles and book clubs and examine the similarities and differences between them as a means for engaging students in reading.

Literature Circles: Advantages & Disadvantages

13. Literature Circles: Advantages & Disadvantages

In this lesson, we discuss the concept of literature circles and explain how they work. We also outline the advantages, disadvantages and potential issues for students and educators.

Gallery Walk Teaching Strategy

14. Gallery Walk Teaching Strategy

A 'gallery walk' is an excellent teaching strategy that promotes student engagement and learning. In this lesson, we will define a gallery walk, explore subject specific examples, and highlight positive student outcomes.

Literature Circle Discussion Question Examples

15. Literature Circle Discussion Question Examples

Getting students involved in literature circles is a wonderful way to help them think deeply and abstractly about text. The discussion questions in this lesson will help you and your students keep conversation going.

Literature Circle Rubric Example

16. Literature Circle Rubric Example

Are you looking for a meaningful way to assess your students during literature circles? Check out this lesson for a literature circle rubric and information validating the importance of assessing students during reading activities.

Literature Circle Response Form Example

17. Literature Circle Response Form Example

Literature circles can be a wonderful way to get students of all ages talking and thinking deeply about books. This lesson provides an example of a response form students can use during and after a literature circle.

Literature Circle Journal Prompts

18. Literature Circle Journal Prompts

When students are in literature circles, they get a chance to talk and think about what means most to them in text. This lesson offers some journal ideas that will help your students prepare for and reflect on literature circle work.

Literature Circle Rules for Students

19. Literature Circle Rules for Students

Literature circle participation can be an invaluable experience for students, but it also requires oversight and guidance. The rules in this lesson will help your students get as much as possible out of literature circles.

Literature Circle Project Ideas & Rubric

20. Literature Circle Project Ideas & Rubric

Are you coming to the end of your literature circle unit and looking for a great extension activity? Check out this lesson to see meaningful project ideas to extend students' learning as well as a great rubric for assessment.

Holes Literature Circle Activities

21. Holes Literature Circle Activities

The book Holes by Louis Sachar is a popular one that many teachers assign. You might consider implementing literature circles as students read this book. Use these focused activity ideas as your students work through this quirky mystery.

The Giver Literature Circle Activities

22. The Giver Literature Circle Activities

'The Giver' is the dystopian novel by Lois Lowry that explores the nature of humanity. Literature circles are a medium for your students to explore the text in a student-led forum. Use these activity ideas as prompts for your students.

Brave New World Literature Circle Activities

23. Brave New World Literature Circle Activities

Use these ideas to implement literature circles in your class so your students can discuss ''Brave New World'' by Aldous Huxley. The novel will interest your students as they enter the dystopian world of London during the times AF 632.

1984 Literature Circle Activities

24. 1984 Literature Circle Activities

''1984'' by George Orwell is a dystopian science fiction novel that will engage your students. Use these ideas to assign literature circle activities to your students.

Frindle Literature Circle Activities

25. Frindle Literature Circle Activities

The book ''Frindle'' by Andrew Clements is a great choice for a literature circle read in your classroom. Use these activity ideas to develop a literature circle for this quirky novel about word play.

Nonfiction Literature Circle Questions

26. Nonfiction Literature Circle Questions

Discussion can be a vital part of understanding nonfiction. Allowing students to review a book together can further comprehension. The questions in this lesson encourage students to share their insights through nonfiction literature circles.

Gallery Walk Questions for Social Studies

27. Gallery Walk Questions for Social Studies

Gallery walks can be a great way to get students excited about learning and asking questions. This lesson offers gallery walk ideas that you can use for teaching social studies.

Gallery Walk Activities for Science Class

28. Gallery Walk Activities for Science Class

Thinking about using the Gallery Walk pedagogical tool for your science class? Use this lesson to learn about the benefits of Gallery Walk in science class, as well as a few concrete strategies.

Gallery Walk Questions for Literature

29. Gallery Walk Questions for Literature

Gallery walk questions open the door for further learning and appreciation of literature. This lesson provides various examples of questions to use for a literature gallery walk with your students.

Math Gallery Walk Questions

30. Math Gallery Walk Questions

Having a gallery walk can be a great way to get students thinking collaboratively and deeply. This lesson offers some questions you can use during a math gallery walk.

Solar System Gallery Walk Ideas

31. Solar System Gallery Walk Ideas

Gallery walks can be an exciting way to get students involved in learning about different topics. This lesson offers gallery walk ideas that you can use to teach students more about the solar system.

Holocaust Gallery Walk Questions

32. Holocaust Gallery Walk Questions

The Holocaust is an essential part of world history that you'll most likely teach at some point. The following prompts are designed to help you start planning your gallery walk, an effective tool for promoting student discussions about the Holocaust.

Ancient Greece Gallery Walk Ideas

33. Ancient Greece Gallery Walk Ideas

Using gallery walks can be a great way to enhance students' learning about a variety of topics. This lesson offers ideas and sample questions for gallery walks pertaining to ancient Greece.

Gallery Walk Project Rubric

34. Gallery Walk Project Rubric

Thinking about having students perform a gallery walk for your next project? This lesson will give you some guidance and provide a rubric for use during the gallery walk phase of the project.

Proper Noun Gallery Walk Activity

35. Proper Noun Gallery Walk Activity

Incorporate movement and group discussion with proper noun practice. Your students will enjoy a proper noun gallery walk to reinforce your lesson on proper nouns.

Human Body Systems Gallery Walk Ideas

36. Human Body Systems Gallery Walk Ideas

This lesson provides questions that students can answer from three different stations in a human body systems gallery walk. Allow students to explore the main functions of the body and apply the knowledge to their life.

Cold War Gallery Walk Ideas

37. Cold War Gallery Walk Ideas

The Cold War is an important part of US and world history. Use these ideas to create a gallery walk on the topic of the Cold War. As students complete the gallery walk, they discuss, reflect, analyze, and evaluate as they learn in a meaningful way.

Civil War Gallery Walk Ideas

38. Civil War Gallery Walk Ideas

A gallery walk is a perfect way for students to learn diverse facts and information on the Civil War. This lesson provides four different types to implement in the classroom. These walks are designed to encourage active student participation.

Great Depression Gallery Walk Ideas

39. Great Depression Gallery Walk Ideas

The Great Depression had a huge impact on people in America and the infrastructure of the country. A gallery walk can be a helpful tool in helping your students to discuss these impacts and the lives of people during the Great Depression. Use these ideas for a gallery walk to get started.

Civil Rights Movement Gallery Walk Ideas

40. Civil Rights Movement Gallery Walk Ideas

When teaching the Civil Rights Movement, you might be looking for ways to keep students as engaged as possible in the material. This lesson offers gallery walk ideas you can use to enliven your instruction.

Industrial Revolution Gallery Walk Ideas

41. Industrial Revolution Gallery Walk Ideas

The Industrial Revolution was a turning point in history that will get your students talking. Use these ideas to incorporate photos and different technologies as you set up your own gallery walk.

Propaganda Gallery Walk Ideas

42. Propaganda Gallery Walk Ideas

Learning about propaganda is an important part of developing critical thinking and literacy skills. This lesson offers ideas for gallery walk questions you can use for teaching students about propaganda.

Silk Road Gallery Walk Ideas

43. Silk Road Gallery Walk Ideas

A gallery walk is an instructional strategy that will especially appeal to your kinesthetic learners, as well as other students who appreciate variety in classroom activities. This lesson provides gallery walk ideas for teaching about the Silk Road.

Political Cartoon Gallery Walk Ideas

44. Political Cartoon Gallery Walk Ideas

Learning about political cartoons can be a great way to teach students about primary sources and perspective taking. This lesson provides ideas you can use for creating a gallery walk based on political cartoons.

Pearl Harbor Gallery Walk Ideas

45. Pearl Harbor Gallery Walk Ideas

The attacks on Pearl Harbor are an important part of American history, and learning about them can be very meaningful for students. This lesson provides ideas for gallery walks that will teach students more about Pearl Harbor.

Enlightenment Era Gallery Walk Ideas

46. Enlightenment Era Gallery Walk Ideas

There was a time during world history in which dramatic things were happening in art, science, and politics. An Enlightenment Era gallery walk will give your students the perfect opportunity to learn about this time period.

Greek Mythology Gallery Walk Ideas

47. Greek Mythology Gallery Walk Ideas

Gallery walks can be a wonderful way to teach students about different concepts and topics. This lesson offers questions you can use for a gallery walk that focuses on Greek mythology.

The Outsiders Gallery Walk Ideas

48. The Outsiders Gallery Walk Ideas

'The Outsiders' by S.E. Hinton is the coming-of-age novel about two rival gangs in the 1960s. You can use these ideas to establish an Outsiders themed gallery walk that will get your students talking.

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