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Novel Response Activity for Independent Reading

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This is a four page document I use to assess my students' independent novel assignments. After completing a novel, they turn in this packet along with their chapter summaries.

The packet consists of a one-page character analysis chart (adapted from Janet Allen/Scholastic) which requires identifying a character's strengths/weaknesses, values, thoughts, actions, and other characteristics. In addition, students explain a connection they can make to the character.

The second page is a conflict chart where students list examples of different types of conflicts and their outcomes from the novel.

Finally there is a two-page plot diagram which follows Freytag's Pyramid (exposition-rising action-climax-falling action, resolution). The students are required to go back into the novel and find sentences that illustrate these elements of plot. They copy the sentences to make a very concise, intriguing summary of the book. There is a creative writing component on this worksheet also.

I require my high school remedial reading students to read six independent novels during the second semester. Much of the reading is done as homework; however, we spend at least 20 minutes twice a week reading in class. I always found it challenging to determine whether or not a student really read a book--especially when it was something I had not read. The combination of this packet, the chapter summaries, and my "Reading Strategy Exit Slips" (see link below) have made it nearly impossible for the kids to fake it.

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This makes 'book reports' fun to write!
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A clear, simple to use worksheet with useful Higher-Order tasks. Love the editable word document so I can modify to suit my students too. Thanks.
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I'm using this packet for my students' independent reading right now. Thanks so much!
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Needed some ideas about how to get the students actively engaged in reading a novel. Thanks.
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On  November 21, 2008,  Buyer said:
This is a *GREAT* packet to assess a student's out-of-class independent reading. I will definitely be using it for students who want Extra Credit for their outside reading and ESPECIALLY for students who have to be out of school for a period long enough for them to read a whole book. I appreciate the attribution to the Scholastic book (Character) and I like very much how the author has organized the Plot Map activity. THANK YOU!
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Novel Response Activity for Independent Reading
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