Foreshadowing is defined as a warning or indication of a future event. I truly believe that when people can see foreshadowing in literature, films, and even life itself, they have a better level of understanding for these genres. Furthermore, foreshadowing causes students to ask questions, which helps them to monitor their own comprehension.
For that reason, when I begin a novel with the my students, especially if it includes many examples of foreshadowing, I give each of my students a small sticky note on the first day of reading. The purpose of the sticky note is to find one thing in each chapter (or longer if the required reading is longer than one chapter) they want to point out to the rest of the class or ask a question about. (For differentiation purposes, I encourage my advanced readers to try to find foreshadowing examples.)
Included in this document:
A copy of my instructions for suggested use. (at the very end)
Four master pages of all of the foreshadowing references I was able to find in the book.
Pages numbers and chapters of not only when the foreshadowing reference was initially made but also where the event that was foreshadowed can be found in the book. (Some foreshadowing examples refer to more than one event in the book.) I have color-coded the first four pages to show where one foreshadowing reference ends and the next one begins.
Chapter Slides: A slide for each chapter including anything relevant to that chapter.
Four pages of the document include exactly the same information as the first four pages but in black and white for easier copying.
Printable Prediction Pages: Four pages include a master copy of the foreshadowing examples with chapters but have blanks for students to make predictions.
Suggestions of how to use this document with your students:
Tell students how many foreshadowing examples are in each chapter. (The only chapter without foreshadowing examples is Chapter 22.) Have them use their sticky note to try to find them as they read or as the class reads together.
At the end of a chapter, only give students the page number of the example and have them work individually or in groups to find what they believe is an example.
Point out the foreshadowing example in the book and have students make predictions. (printable Prediction pages included.) Check for correct predictions after each chapter.
Have students write a foreshadowing essay. (In one paragraph, select one foreshadowing example and cite textual evidence to prove it was foreshadowing one or more event later in the story. Include chapter and page numbers.)