If a class is going to study one novel for the whole class, then it only makes sense to share in the reading and analyzing of that novel together. Rather than studying LOTF as a class novel and assigning reading at home, which inevitably some students will just read Sparknotes and miss out on the quality reading and thinking required to really appreciate this text, this assignment requires each student to champion a section of the novel and guide the rest of the class through a shared reading. Depending on the size of your class, students would be responsible for anywhere from 6-10 pages each. They lead the reading and discussion of those pages, noting important developments and passages related to character, style, and theme. They uncover important or new vocabulary. They make connections, ask questions, make predictions, and share wonderings. And finally, they research Sparknotes, Bookrags, Schmoop, and Cliffnotes ahead of sharing their reading in order to point out for the class what insights those websites have to offer while we are discussing the novel.
Overwhelmingly my own students have asked me to keep this format when we study novels as a whole class. They've told me that they pick up on so much that, reading alone, they truly would miss or not understand. They also appreciate developing notetaking and planning skills required to participate in the shared reading.