This lesson plan for an independent novel assignment supports close reading, critical thinking and making connections to relevant social issues. The suggested list by American authors covers a range of interests and provides a variety of insights into the human condition. These books work best with high level readers in grades 10-12 but the activities can be adapted for other grades, levels, and reading lists.
The unit includes a list of reading log activities, a reading log assessment page, reproducible graphic organizers, an essay assignment with rubric, and a discussion test. The entire unit takes about 6 weeks, depending on the choice of activities and the reading level of the students.
Total number of working pages: 14
List of novels for high school readers
List of reading log activities
Sample graphic organizers for close reading notes
Assessment page for the completed folder of activities
Graphic organizer: prewriting for the essay
Prompt for a post reading essay with rubric
A final discussion test based on collected work
Glossary of literary terms
Glossary of language devices