Publish This Not That



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Publish This not That is an activity that shows students the publishing side of English. I am not a published author, but I have had a literary agent and my work has been read by the best publishing houses in the country. What this means is that I'm able to bring a bit of realism to this activity.

In this activity, I ask students to pretend to be literary agents. They must read the first ten pages of my novel and decide whether they would want to help me get published. The story is called Wisher, and it is original content written by me. It is young adult fantasy.

This product includes:

A sheet of publishing terms students may not be familiar with.

A letter from me to the students explaining about the publishing industry and what is expected from them for this assignment.

Two copies of the first ten pages of my manuscript. One copy is just the first ten pages. The other copy includes multiple choice guiding questions within the text. An answer key is included for the multiple choice.

**Bonus activity** While reading or after answering the questions, students are invited to find mistakes in the story not addressed by the questions. It is a great opportunity to let their wear their editor hats. I give bonus points for grammatical errors, inconsistencies, and revision. However, this activity is so involved, you could make it its own assignment.

Finally, the most important activity: The Response Letter. Students will be asked to write a response to me (the author) as a literary agent. They have three options: to reject my novel, ask for a revise and resubmit, or accept it. None of these responses should be easy to write because while they are allowed to hate my book, they must do so as professionals by using academic language and literary terms while citing specific examples from the text.

This work will take time, but the students will love it!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text.
Analyze a case in which grasping point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.


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