Hexagonal Thinking: Blank Templates for ELA

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Hexagonal thinking is a rich way to inspire discussion at any point in a novel. With these templates, student groups first create the elements they will connect in six categories (characters, themes, style, symbols, connections to other works, connections to the modern world), then cut them out and arrange them.

Students arrange the hexagons based on their discussion of how they connect, then add connection arrows that explain why key hexagons correlate. For this activity, since there is no right answer, every student will have different ideas about how the different elements can connect, leading to a unique and complex conversation.

In the end, groups can gallery walk to see the webs of elements and connections others have made.

These templates are designed to make this an easy activity to do with any novel. Not to mention low prep! (A nice twist on the traditional method of a teacher creating dozens of hexagons and passing out sets to each group).

Here's what's inside:

  • 6 themed pages of blank hexagons
  • A directions page for you, including specific instructions and advice for doing this project with your students
  • 4 pages of connection arrows in different colors and styles

Check out the preview to see it all.

Questions? Drop me a line at betsy@nowsparkcreativity.com.

Total Pages
12 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


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