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Let students lead the study of this novel while you facilitate their learning as your class reads and discusses the novel.
When we study novels with our students, how often do students actually read the whole novel? How often do they complete the independent reading their are assigned? How often are we frustrated when they resort to 'quick fixes' like reading summaries and analyses of novels easily found online? How do we know if they are developing the skills to be really stellar literary readers? And why do we continue to approach novel-studies the same way if not?
The concept of a shared reading unit is just that, shared reading. Shared analysis, shared responsibility, and most importantly, shared understanding.
Most, if not all, of the novel will be read and analyzed in class together, while all students take active-listening notes based on the insights shared by their peers and teacher. Students will each be responsible for a particular section of the novel, and they will be expected to share a thoughtful and thorough close reading of that section.
Instead of missing important literary aspects of the novel by studying it alone, students are able to participate in a much richer literary exploration... one that will help them develop skills to both enjoy literary reading and have the confidence to tackle literature on their own.
In a shared reading assignment, the teacher acts as facilitator of learning rather than 'knower-of-everything' related to the novel. Leadership is distributed to the students and students have a chance to explore the novel and offer new ideas that may have never been considered without a group study. Think of this task as a book club for your whole class!
Rather than spending hours and hours prepping lessons and finding and copying static worksheets, you can assign this task and let the value of the novel surface through the organic discussions your students have. You will be there every step of the way!
I've been using this approach to whole-group novel studies for several years, and I have received considerable feedback from students as a result! I would love to hear how this assignment impacts your classroom!
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