Students develop skills to gather evidence from the text and to make inferences by completing T-charts and class discussion notes on the following major concepts from the novel: The Title's Significance, Impact of the Setting, Characters & Conflicts, Power Struggle (theme), Friendship and Loneliness (theme), and Cycles (theme). Each handout is used for homework and class work. Students learn to answer Essential Questions by engaging in Socratic Seminars.
The lesson includes Common Core State Standards, lesson objectives, 3 pages of detailed guidelines/suggestions for effectively implementing the handouts (plus group work options), and 6 discussion handouts for Socratic Seminars (2 pages each).
These handouts and Socratic Seminars have improved my students' critical thinking, close reading, analyzing, and oral communication skills, and have helped them write better literary analysis essays.