Novel Study Fun Packet!
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A complete packet of 22 graphic organizers fully customizable and perfect for teaching any middle school novel. These rigorous and engaging graphic organizers include the following skills and strategies: making predictions, making inferences, character motivation, plot, conflict, characterization, cause and effect relationships, point of view, theme, flashback, foreshadowing, initiating event, figurative language (simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification), summarizing, context clues, and a vocabulary tracking chart. Use these organizers before, during, and after reading various parts of the novel. Several of the organizers are ready to use. For the other organizers, add lines of text or content from your novel to make them fully effective. Edit and customize the graphic organizers to fit your specific needs. See below for information regarding each graphic organizer.
Making Inferences and Character Motivation
Use this graphic organizer to help students practice making inferences and analyzing character motivation. Choose five major character actions from the novel and find lines of text to represent each action. Input these into your organizer and then have students complete the remainder of the organizer. Students will make inferences about why the character made this choice, the emotions they were feeling which led them to this decision and the positive and/or negative consequences that are a result of these actions.
Internal and External Conflict
Use this graphic organizer to have students analyze internal and external conflicts. They will identify the type of conflict the sentence represents and then describe who the conflict is between and how the opposing force has created a problem. Choose five conflicts from the novel and find five lines of text to represent each conflict. Insert these conflicts into the graphic organizer. Students then complete the organizer based on these lines of text.
Use this graphic organizer to help students practice using context clues. Simply choose some unfamiliar words from the novel and insert the lines of text that contain these words into the graphic organizer. Just make sure you include enough surrounding text, so the students will be able to use the context clues to predict the meaning of the word. Also, underline the unfamiliar word in each sentence. Students will use the context clues in the sentence to determine the meaning of the underlined word. Then, they will write a definition and highlight or circle the clues that helped them, and identify the type of context clue.
This graphic organizer will help students make inferences as they read the novel. Not only will they make inferences, but they will also sort their inferences based on whether the information is explicit or implicit. Choose five lines of text that the students can use to make inferences regarding character emotions. Make sure you have a mixture of explicit information and implicit, so the students can practice both. Then, the students decide which emotion the character is feeling and whether the emotion is revealed explicitly or implicitly. Write the emotion under the appropriate column and follow the directions in that column to complete the organizer.
Point of View
This organizer may be best to use with more than one text or novel. You may want to choose lines of text from other novels and include some from their novel, so they can practice each point of view. Then, the students will identify the point of view by putting an X in the correct box. In the remaining boxes, students will rewrite the sentence, so that it is in the remaining 2 points of view. Add or delete characters as needed.
Personification, Metaphor, Simile, Hyperbole
These four graphic organizers help students analyze various examples of figurative language. Insert examples of personification, metaphor, simile, and hyperbole on the appropriate organizer. Students will analyze the examples according to which type of figurative language it is.
Use this graphic organizer to have students identify various examples of figurative language. Choose five examples and add them to the organizer. Students will identify the type of figurative language it represents, draw a picture of it, and explain what it means.
Have students fill in the plot diagram with events from the novel that represent each part of plot. Make sure the events are in sequential order. You don’t need to add anything to this organizer unless you want to fill in some of the boxes with parts of the plot.
This graphic organizer will help students differentiate between direct and indirect characterization. Students identify each line of text as direct or indirect characterization and identify the character trait the line of text represents.
Protagonist vs. Antagonist
In this organizer, students track information about the protagonist and antagonist of the novel. Upon completion of the novel, students decide whether each character is static or dynamic and round or flat.
In this organizer, students track information about the other characters in the novel. Upon completion of the novel, students decide whether each character is static or dynamic and round or flat.
In this organizer, I created an acronym for theme to help students remember some basic questions to ask when trying to determine the theme of the novel. Students consider conflicts, positive and negative consequences of character actions, and character changes that take place throughout the novel. The final two questions ask students to think about a lesson the protagonist learns and then, apply it all readers.
Vocabulary Tracking Chart
This is a great organizer for students to track various vocabulary words as they are reading the novel. These can be teacher selected words, or words each student finds difficult. For each word, students record the sentence from the book, write the definition, add any synonyms or antonyms, and write their own sentence with the vocabulary word.
The organizer asks students to record the who, what, when, where, why and how of each chapter. Then, they use that information to write a summary statement for the novel. These serve as great reviews of previous chapters.
Before reading, students make a prediction about what will happen next. Then, students read until they come to the designated stopping point. Based on what they read, they confirm their prediction. If it was incorrect, they revise the prediction, so that it explains what actually happened. All you need to add are page numbers in the stopping point column.
Cause and Effect
For this graphic organizer, students identify cause and effect relationships. For the top half of the organizer, you can fill in some of the causes and effects. Then, the students complete the remaining boxes. For the bottom half of the organizer, you should fill in a major cause that has several effects and a major effect that has several causes. Then, students complete the remaining boxes.
In this graphic organizer, fill in hints or clues that represent foreshadowed events. Students make predictions about these events and how they will be important later in the novel. Once students actually read the part that the hint refers to in the novel, they fill out the last column with what actually happens.
In this graphic organizer, students analyze flashbacks that occur in the novel. For each flashback, students identify the trigger that starts the flashback for the character, the line that signals to the reader that a flashback has started, the new information revealed by the flashback, and the signal to the reader that the flashback has ended. You don’t need to add anything to this organizer.
Conflict and Initiating Event
For this organizer, you can choose to add conflicts that occur in the novel or you can let the students come up with minor conflicts. Then, students identify the initiating event for each conflict by determining what started the conflict. Students also analyze the major conflict in the novel and the initiating event.
Be sure to check out my other graphic organizers:
Link-Point of View Fun
Link-Figurative Language Fun
Link-An Inference Disaster: Implicit and Explicit Information
Link-Plot Diagram Fun
Link-Figurative Language Hunt
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