Graphic Organizers for Choice Novels (Independent Reading)

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Graphic organizers for choice novels. This resource is ideal for independent reading; however, it may also be suitable for whole-class novels. Use the graphic organizers as a booklet using the cover page or select only the worksheets you need.

⭐The downloaded file includes:

  • Graphic organizers to explore, connect with the text, and go beyond.
  • Final reinvestment task
  • Rubric to assess learners’ work.
  • Read It First document

⭐Response process:

  • These graphic organizers follow the response process: explore, connect with the text, and go beyond (generalize).
  • Analysis worksheets are also included; however, these are optional if your ESL learners do not have the required proficiency level to complete the tasks.

⭐The graphic organizers focus on the following skills/strategies:

  • Before reading activities (predicting, information about the novel, genre)
  • Information about the author (Author’s biography card)
  • Discussion questions (Students are required to record the questions they wish to discuss with their peers. – Use these when students are reading a whole-class novel or when several students are reading the same novel.)
  • Note-taking worksheets while reading (Two is provided, but print as many copies as your students need.)
  • Character portrait
  • Plot
  • Summary
  • Conflict situation and themes
  • Connect with the text worksheets
  • Memorable quotes
  • Narrative point of view
  • Figurative language (symbols, imagery, metaphors, hyperbole, similes, and personification)
  • Literary devices (allusion, epiphany, foreshadowing, flashback, irony, and other.)
  • Go beyond – lessons learned/drawing conclusions


  • Final reinvestment task included with rubric (Letter to the author) – optional activity
  • Please note that the rubric has been designed for ESL learners; however, it might also be useful to assess reinvestment of understanding and writing skills in ELA classes.

⭐Other relevant information:

  • Please note that this resource does not come in paperless option, but you can import the PPT file into Google Slides™ if you wish to use it in your Google Classroom™.
  • Be advised that this document is not editable, and it may not be posted on open (unsecured) online platforms.
  • Lesson plan detailing the steps of teaching novels is not included.
  • This document has been designed for Grade 8-11 ESL learners (intermediate, upper-intermediate, and advanced levels). However, it might also be appropriate for ESL/ELA students below or above these grade levels.
  • If you teach in Quebec (CA), this resource is perfect for your Grade 8-11 ESL/EESL learners.

⭐FILE DETAILS: Paper size: 8.5" x 11" (Standard US Letter). Documents are not editable unless otherwise stated. Resources are available either in a PDF or PPT file.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.


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