Literature Circles

"Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key" A Novel by Jack Gantos

"Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key" Pacing Recommendations

- Chapters 1-2

- Chapter 3

- Chapter 4

- Chapters 5-6

- Chapter 7

- Chapters 8-9

- Chapter 10

- Chapters 11-12

- Chapters 13-14

- Chapter 15

"Understanding by Design"

Backward plan and unpack the standards via Pearson Unit Tests-

PARCC Evidence Tables-


  • Standard (RL.5.3)- Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact)
  • Standard (RL.5.5)- Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

Learning Targets Daily Literature Circles-

I can read daily and respond according to my literature circle role via Edmodo with my small group.

Learning Targets Final Project-

I can create a PowToon based upon the character of choice as defined below in the task.

Setting up Literature Circles

Watch a literature circle in action-

About the Author...

SAMR Model


Create a "PowToon". Choose one character that you can relate to in your life. Create and Share.

Main Characters-

Joey Pigza

Ms. Fran Pigza

Grandma Pigza

Ed Vanness/ Special Ed

Mrs. Maxy

Carter Pigza

Nurse Holyfield



E Portfolios





Word it Out


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Rena McClellan

Parma City School District Literacy Coach