Taking 6 major Essential Questions regarding American Literature in the 19th century, students are tasked with responding to 4 of the 6 in a note-taking journal, concluding their notes with an "answer" to the essential question, based on their learning. I utilize multiple supplemental resources, such as readings from Chopin, Truth, and Wharton and connect to their main text for the unit, "The Invention of Wings," by Sue Monk Kidd. This activity is editable so you can adjust the essential questions, main text, etc. This is an activity I do with my Honors English 10 class and it takes approx. 3 weeks.
I also encourage teachers to utilize the concepts of Interactive notebooks within this activity, which would increase the number of pages students are expected to complete per question. Just an idea.