If a student missed a class novel unit, he/she may complete this assignment independently. The student will write a sentence summary for each chapter which will require knowledge and use of compound/complex sentences. A key for these summaries is included, but of course the answers will vary. There is a variety of options for writing a five-paragraph essay (narrative, expository, or persuasive) and project ideas are given. Ideally, the student should pick a project that interests him and complete it to show understanding and mastery of the novel. The student should discuss his project idea with you and receive prior approval. After reading the novel, you could have the student give an oral presentation of his project and then allow the entire class to watch the movie. Perhaps sharing that plan with the class will provide peer-pressure motivation for the student to finish the novel work! Hee, hee!
If you want to read this novel as a class, the sentence summaries are a good way to teach and cover compound/complex sentences. At the end of each chapter or at the end of the class hour, the sentence summary could be a quiz check. At the beginning of the class the next day, several students can write their sentences on the board so you can work with them in combining the information in the sentences they present. This is a fun way to cover conjunctions, and punctuation of dependent clauses and compound sentences. Besides that, this will be review for the chapter they just read! This is an engaging way to teach sentence combining without having to use grammar worksheets; moreover, their final essays should have more sophisticated sentence structure!
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