Speed Dating for ANY Novel: Engaging Literary Analysis Discussion Activity

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Write on with Miss G
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8th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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Engage ALL of your students with this fun "speed dating" discussion activity that works for ANY novel. This student-centered lesson scaffolds discussion AND the challenging skill of literary analysis. Students will be paired up to discuss questions aligned with Common Core 9-12 ELA standards in different rounds of "speed dates." After each round, students will rotate to a new partner and receive a new question. By the end of class, students will have interacted with 15+ peers and discussed 15+ questions! This means students get lots of low-risk, repeated practice in the peer-to-peer setting. No more asking the whole class a question and waiting for "that one kid" to respond. This activity solves the problem by engaging all students at the same time!

If you feel like your whole-class discussions are flopping, then it will work wonders to do this activity BEFORE leading a whole-class discussion. You'll get so much more out of students! This activity also works well as scaffolding before a literary analysis essay or final test.

This activity works best at the end of a novel, as it contains questions that ask about "the big picture" (theme, symbolism, etc.) If you wish to implement it during a novel unit, please note that you may have to edit/add some questions to make it work. :)

When you purchase this resource, you will receive the following:
-Detailed Teacher Instructions

-EDITABLE Student Sheet w/ Exit Ticket

-EDITABLE 27 Question Cards (Common Core aligned)

-Blank Question Cards (Add your own)

Literary elements covered:



-Author's Choices

-Author's Purpose

-Character Development

-Word Choice


-Point of View

-Objective Summary


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.


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