Here are some very useful writing handouts to use while teaching a series of books—in other words here are some great universal writing assignments to use in English classes.
I distribute these assignments (which are essentially structured journal instructions) early in the year—about one assignment a week, telling students to do the writing and then to keep the assignment sheet since they should expect to see this assignment again. Then, for the rest of the year, if I want thoughtful writing on a chapter, passage, poem, or entire book—but I don’t want a full essay—I can assign an associative journal, a 24-hour essay, a casual response, or a summary and analysis.
Think of these assignments as guided journal prompts that can be used in many different circumstances.
The Dynamics analysis is a larger, more self-contained, analytical writing assignment. It’s an analysis of a place and the dynamics, or effects, that place has upon its visitors.