***Note: This assignment can be adapted for any novel.***
Have students utilize a variety of skills including summarizing, structured essay writing, defending opinions, research, and more.
Students read a novel (in this case, it was The Pigman by Paul Zindel). From there, students complete a 5 paragraph essay using predetermined paragraphs. Students works specifically on mastering the 5 paragraph structure and writing and following a thesis statement. Students write a summary of the novel (no more than 15 sentences as the novel is lengthy); students find and report on reviews from other readers; students articulate and defend their own opinion using evidence from the novel.