Get your students interacting with A Separate Peace by John Knowles before they even begin officially reading.
This editable PowerPoint presentation will introduce students to the concepts of boarding school life as well as the basic occurrences of WWII that affect Gene and Finny.
Get students talking about John Knowles' philosophy on teens with a whole class discussion or small group prompt.
Introduce the main characters, themes, and symbolism and have students take notes - interactive journal entries would work with these informational slides.
Students will also be reminded to trace different forms of conflict while reading the text.