“8th Grade Common Core Analysis Template for Any Novel” is a novel study that takes the work out of teaching those Common Core Reading Standards. It provides a two-page template of Common Core Reading Standards explained in “student terms” that the students complete for each section of chapters. A separate two-page template is included to use when the students have finished the entire novel. It can be used as a test over the novel if desired. You can have the students use their previous worksheets and/or novel to help if desired.
I designed this novel study so that you could use it with Literature Circles or as an independent activity. I’ve included the roles for Literature Circles of four students. After you have assigned the chapters to read, each student works independently to read and then complete the assignment for the student’s role. (This is a little different than the traditional roles of the four members of each group,) After the student has completed the reading and answering the questions on the worksheet for the student’s role, have the students meet in the Literature Circle and discuss their answers. Students should swap roles each time a new set of chapters are assigned, so they have the opportunity to complete all Common Core Standards’ questions. (Please see the Literature Circle Role Sheet.)
You have the choice of filling in the two worksheets with your own choices of questions, vocabulary words, and circling of certain choices on the sheets each time sections are assigned, or you may allow the students to do this. All classes are different, and some will need more choices made by the teacher; others will enjoy doing this themselves.
I’ve included two other activities you might choose to use with the novel study. One is for characterization and the other for propaganda techniques.
I’m including both PDF files of worksheets and Word documents of the novel study worksheets in case you want to type in your choices. If you use the Word documents, you might need to change the margins of your Word software to very narrow before printing. (I wanted to keep the worksheets as only one front/back sheet per student, per set of chapters to save paper.) If you are not typing in choices, the PDF file is better for making copies. You don’t have to worry about the margins.
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