Students develop skills to gather evidence from the text and make inferences by completing T-charts and class discussion notes on 5 major concepts of the novel: Rules of Society, Books, Symbols, Characters & Conflicts, and Allusions. Each handout is used for homework and class work. Students learn to answer Essential Questions by engaging in Socratic Seminars.
The lesson includes Common Core State Standards, lesson objectives, detailed guidelines/suggestions for effectively implementing the handouts (3 pages), 5 discussion handouts for Socratic Seminars (2+ pages each), and 3 essay questions.
These handouts and Socratic Seminars have helped my students develop critical thinking skills through close reading, discusssion, and analysis.