Novel Study

Novel Study Project

  • Students will self-select a novel from our school library during this novel study. You will be reading the same novel as at least one other person in the classroom. Novel must be a minimum of 150 pages.
  • You will each be doing your own project. However, you will be able to talk with  and discuss your novel with the people who are reading the same novel as you.
  • You will be dividing your novel into three parts and will write a one-paragraph summary of each of the three parts of your novel. These summaries will be submitted as  a Google document. Here is an example of one summary.
  • You will complete a summary graphic organizer prior to writing each of your summaries. The graphic organizers will be submitted with your three summaries.
  • After completing all three summaries, students will be begin creating an Infographic Book Report. Here are some examples of a similar assignment (example 1, example 2). However, instead of designing a bookmark, students will be designing an Infographic, using the graphic design program at PiktoChart.com.
  • The summary section on your infographic will be a compilation of the three summaries you have already written.
  • NOTE: It is important students don’t reveal the ending of their novel in the infographic summary.
  • Here are some useful tips for designing infographics.
  • Here is the Rubric for Novel Study Infographic
  • After completing their infographics, students will write a text comparison for their novel.

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S.E. Hinton-The Outsiders

Poem:

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Choral Reading Activity

 

Practicing Choral Reading Strategies 

– Dynamics: Volume

– Pitch: the highness, or lowness of sound

– Tempo: speed

  • echoing words and phrases
  • alternating lines.
  • chants.
  • overlapping lines
  • repeating lines or words.
  • whispering lines or words.
  • changing tones in mid line.
  • singing
  • creating sound effects: whistling, clapping or other body percussion
  • altering the tempo and rhythm or inserting pauses
  • Changing your physical formation.

 

Choral Reading Warm-Up

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Novel in an Hour: The Outsiders – Chapters 7 to 12

  • Group 1: Page 85 to 95 – Andrew
  • Group 2: Page 95 to 105 – Faizan
  • Group 3: Page 105 to 115 – Joud
  • Group 4: Page 115 to 125 – Rinelle
  • Group 5: Page 125 to 135 – Anthony
  • Group 6: Page 135 to 145 – Neha
  • Group 7: Page 145 to 153 – Lillian

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Example: Level 4 Reading Response

Retell: I like the part about …

In the short film the Lost Thing, I liked the part about how the lost thing finally found a place to call home after its long journey. This part of the film takes place in the middle of the film when the two main characters, the narrator and the lost thing, receive a tip from a caretaker working at the Federal Department of Odds and Ends. The caretaker encourages the narrator not to leave the Lost Thing at the department because it’s a place where things are forgotten. Next, the caretaker gives the young narrator a card, which contains a picture of a mysterious arrow.  Afterward, the narrator and the lost thing search the city until they discover a similar looking arrow posted on a sign. They begin walking in the direction the arrow is pointing. Finally, the two characters reach their destination, which is a beautiful, magical-looking setting — almost like an enchanted Wonderland — inhabited by interesting, unique-looking creatures. I really liked this part of the film because it’s incredibly heart-warming. The Lost Thing is depicted as a character that has felt out of place most of its life. During this part of the film, it seems as though it has finally found a home.

Relating: It makes me feel …

It makes me feel incredibly inspired to see the young narrator in the short film the Lost Thing take the time to help the Lost Thing find a home. I am inspired because I know it would have been far easier for the narrator to ignore the lost thing and gone on with the rest of his day. I can connect with this character because a long time ago I use to be approximately the same age as the narrator. Unfortunately, I know I was often caught up in my own life, friends and family and very rarely thought about how I could help others in need. However, the narrator takes the time to get to know the lost thing. He befriends it and stays with the lost thing until it finds a suitable home. The narrator inspires me because I believe he represents a new generation of thoughtful, open-minded, selfless young people. In fact, I think room16 is filled with students who have the potential to be as selfless as the narrator in the film.

Reflecting: This story is important because …

The film the Lost Thing is important because it encourages the viewer to not only accept, but truly embrace those who are different from us. In the short film, the lost thing and the majority of the other creatures who are different from the rest of the population, are either ignored by society or kept locked up inside the Federal Department of Odds and Ends. The creatures are made to feel like outcasts because they look physically different from most people. The young narrator in the film is one of the only people who treats the lost thing with kindness and open-mindedness. I believe the world would be a far better place if we all demonstrated a little more curiosity, similar to the narrator, and were a lot less critical when exposed to different races, religions and cultures. This important film delivers a similar message.

Respecting: I think the author wants the readers to have a different understanding of …

I think the filmmaker of the Lost Thing wants the viewers of the film to have a different understanding of how someone can use their empathy to make a positive difference in another person’s life. Empathy means your ability to put yourself in another person’s position. In the film, the young narrator demonstrates empathy when he reflects upon how it would feel to be left without a home or a family. Afterward, the narrator sets out to make a positive difference in the lost thing’s life. He makes it his mission to ensure the lost thing finds a home. This is a major undertaking for the narrator, but he realizes it is the right thing to do. I think the filmmaker wants the viewers of the film to follow the example of the young narrator and inspire people to not only empathize with others in need, but to consider ways in which they can help make a positive difference in other peoples’ lives.

Question: What should the success criteria be for this assignment?