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Chapter Study Guides: Student-Led Notes & Discussion for ANY Novel (with GOOGLE)

Secondary Sara
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GOOGLE NOW INCLUDED: Need an alternative to chapter quizzes? Want individual student accountability and comprehension that is mutually beneficial to students AND the teacher?

Have STUDENTS divvy up the task of making a study guide for each chapter, using an editable template to answer literal and complex questions about what just happened.

How it works:

• Students are responsible for having their assigned chapter study guide ready to go on the day the reading was due, and THEY lead the in-class discussion, based on the pre-written questions they wrote as part of the study guide.

• Finally, the study guides can all be compiled into one epic reference that students can use to study for the assessment you will use later in the unit. (PLUS, the study guide asks students to come up with test questions, so your unit assessment might write itself!)

NOTE: This activity could EASILY be adapted for Acts, Scenes, or other sections of text, such as a drama/play. (I even used it for the "staves" in my A Christmas Carol Unit.)

This 7-page, EDITABLE download includes:

• Directions/overview page for students

• Teacher's Guide

• Study Guide graphic organizer (to type on OR print and use)

• Example of a completed study guide page, based on Ch. 31 of To Kill a Mockingbird – to critique as a class!

• Two versions of a rubric, depending upon how you wish to assess it

Google Doc, Word, and PDF versions all included!

Psst: If you like this product, download the new Non-fiction Version of this activity!


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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.


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