Do you need a go-to activity that can be used with any novel and can fill up an entire class block/period?
This activity is perfect for using when you have a substitute, on a day when you just don't feel like speaking and you want your students to work quietly, as a review of common literary elements, or in preparation for a test over a novel. It can be used collectively as a class, where students are all reading the same novel and may therefore work in collaborative groups. It may also be used individually for free choice books your students are reading independently. See the sample page for directions on how to use the cards and answer sheet.
Print out the ten literary terms cards (and laminate them). Place your classroom desks or tables in groups of two or three and turn your students loose to work quietly as they identify and define ten literary terms. Students will complete a worksheet (included) to fill in specific examples of these terms for any novel they are reading. This can be used as a group activity for novels read by the entire class or for independent reading on novels of each student's own choosing. Determine how long you'd like groups to spend at each station or circuit and then have them move on to the next one until all ten terms have been completed by all students. Students may keep their worksheets as study guides or you may collect them and grade them for accuracy. The options are endless.
10 defined terms included on 8.5x11 pdfs are: genre, character, theme, plot, point-of-view, setting, conflict, tone, imagery, and symbol.
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