For this activity, teachers use the Academy Awards nominations chatter to hook Middle and High School students' interest as they write about literature. "The Academic Awards for Literature" absorbs students’ interest and motivates them to combine their opinions with facts and details from the books as they create their awards and defend their choices.
The categories for the awards are based on the elements of literature - Characters, Settings, Plot/Conflicts, Symbols, themes and Point of View.
Students are to
1. write the Category title and their Choice for the Best in that category in the given spaces on the certificate.
2. explain and support their choice in a paragraph on the awards certificate, following the points under Writing Criteria.
3. make sure that their writing specifically addresses the criteria for each category.
4. defend one or more of their selections during a class discussion.
The criteria for Fiction and Non-fiction offers students points to ponder about each element of literature as they consider how to explain the who, what, where, when and why behind their choices.
Example: Characters (Types of characters are in the parentheses): Does the character grow and change (dynamic), show different sides to his/her personality (round), stay one-dimensional in his/her personality (flat) or show no mental/emotional and/or spiritual growth (static)? Is the character: major, minor, the protagonist or the antagonist? Are the characters believable and or sympathetic? Do you care what happens to them?
After they choose their recipients for each award students are to fill in the certificates. Here are a few of the twenty categories
•Best Fictional Female Character
•Best Fictional Male Character
•Best Supporting Fictional Female Character
•Best Supporting Fictional Male Character
•Best Non- Fictional Female Character
•Best Non-Fictional Male Character
In their explanatory paragraphs, students must state the award recipient as well as the title and author of the text. To defend their choices, the explanations must include three examples along with supporting details that justify each choice and that add clarity to the reasoning behind it.
The Teacher Notes page lists the Common Core Standards that pertain to this activity as well as the Bloom's Taxonomy terms students will utilize.
As always, this activity- PDF version- may be downloaded and printed for classroom use. Also, an Easel Activity is ready to be used for Google Classroom. Teachers may choose to add an interactive layer of their own for digital use by clicking on the red "Use as a Buyer" rectangle on the product's page.
For another engaging activity for books that have been turned into movies, try - Comprehension, Thinking & Writing Activity: Comparing Books and Movies Worksheet Comprehension, Thinking & Writing Activity: Comparing Books and Movies Worksheet
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