My basic plan for weekly reading looks like this.
Guided Reading: M,W,F
Literature Circles: Tu,TH
On Guided reading Days
15 min whole group mini-lessons on reading skills and strategies.
I have 5 groups ,so I don't meet with at/ above grade level groups every day.
1. First 20 min: Meet with my learning plan group( below grade level). Go over mini lesson skill, model skill again with their text. Watch them apply the skill. Send them to work in pairs to complete the given assigment. All other groups are working independently on: pervious assignment (especially if I gave the group a multi day assignment.), silent reading, or Literacy take to seat center.
2. Second 20 min: Meet with a grade level group. Check on their application of mini-lesson skill. Get responses to the previous assignment. Give another assignment. Send them back to work in pairs or alone. All other groups are working on the activities I listed previously.
3. Third 20 mins: Meet with one more at or above level group. See above for activities. Others are working on independent activities listed in first 20 mins.
4. 15 mins: Check on indviduals from above grade level groups not meeting.
5. 20 mins read a loud for 15 mins. 5 min reflection in notebook on reading. ( not always a part of reading /literacy block)
Lit Circle Days: I allow the kids to choose from 4 books. I ensure that the books allow all students a chance to read something close to their level.(no more that + or - 1 level from their guided reading level) My kids are reading R, S, T, U levels (fountas and panell)
TU : All groups get assigned their chapters and I check to be sure all members know their jobs and have materials. Students may read alone, pairs or shared.. With help from stronger readers, kids in a book one step up will do pretty well in most cases.They have until Thursday to read the assigned passages and complete their jobs.
TH: All groups meet for about 15- 20 minutes. Sharing the work they completed( reporting on their "job"). I'm listening in and noting participation , trouble shooting or even sharing as well. Then I have them fill out a self reflection of the group meeting. These are folded and handed to me with names on them.I then do a read a loud for 20 minutes.
Yes, each lit circle and guided group has their own novel. So each kid is reading 2 books. Make it easy on yourself and us novels you already know and love and slowly introduce new books. Also keep in mind my students are in grade five and have been using these programs since grade 3.
Good Luck to both of you and please feel free to ask additional questions.