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Want students to deep dive into a novel but are concerned how snow days, vacations and other scheduled and unscheduled interruptions will break their concentration? Try, "Literary Analysis- MAKING the MOST of TIME." This packet works well when classes have a number of learning disruptions because it is an independent novel study. With this unit, students’ not only choose the novel that they will read and analyze, but they also create a daily reading and writing calendar that works with scheduled exams, holidays or other events that lessen class time. This packet allows teachers to maintain a flexible and flowing learning environment that engages students and promotes responsibility.
Specific directions and expanded activities offer students more opportunities to analyze, theorize and deconstruct the text with the necessary supporting information they have gleaned from their reading. The packet includes a Grading Rubric page with a chart delineating each facet of the project. After students meet the due date, teachers can fill it out, attach it to the graded material, and then return it to the student.
Students select a book of their choice to read and complete the detailed activities included in the packet. These requirements involve a
1. General Novel Packet with four aspects: Book Notes, Plot Diagram, Quotes and Theme worksheets
2. Full-length Essay (500-750 words)
3. Group Project: Threads-Making Connections.
Every day the students will either
• read for half of the period, or
• work on their packets for half of the period.
The second half of the period, they will
• participate in a whole class writing session, concentrating on a facet of writing, or
• discuss various aspects of their chosen novels with peers.
NOTE: Each student in the group should be reading a different novel. Members take notes. These will enable them to complete the Threads-Making Connections activity.
By managing their class time wisely, students will only have to complete the typing and compilation of the required activities at home right before the final packets are due. They should bind all of the components of their packet together in some way - a folder with pockets is best.
This project works well when vacations break up learning time, and when many students are absent due to national and state testing, making teaching to the whole group difficult. This individual study is a terrific vehicle for teachers to evaluate each student's comprehension, critical thinking and writing growth. Its effectiveness stems from dual factors - students hold the ownership for what they are learning and when they are learning.
Teachers do need to
• specify minimum length, genre and anything else you deem necessary for your charges.
• Mentor students’ progress with mini-conferences
And you, my teacher colleagues, will appreciate the fact that your students are challenging themselves intellectually with these substantive activities as they increase their reading comprehension, and their higher level thinking and writing skills with and no loss of learning continuity.
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