These activities test students' knowledge of the novel, their ability to see events from more than one viewpoint and their ability to write in different styles/formats. They are high order activities.
Some tasks require students to imagine that they are characters in the novel, and then to write in the voice of that character using an appropriate register and tone. Other activities place students in situations similar to some events described in the novel and they are asked to write their personal response. Some writing activities are based on the complete text (review, email/letter, interview questions, movie adaptation). Most activities are chapter based.
They are WRITING exercises, so they are also designed to improve student's abilities in different styles of writing. Styles include:
- Diary Entries
- Texts (SMS)
- Dialogues and Telephone Conversations (some to be acted out)
- Newspaper reports (broadsheet and tabloid)
- Reports (including internet research)
- Presentation / Slideshow (including internet research)
- Direct Speech
- Interview Questions
- Essays / Compositions
- Short Note
- News Report (Newspaper, Radio, Television)
- Media (Poster, Advertisement)
All assignments include hints, sub-headings or structure guides to provide a starting point or scaffolding to help students get started.
There are 52 activities in total. These writing tasks give students an opportunity to show a deep understanding of the novel, as well as to practice writing in different formats. Many of the activities could be used for summative assessment.
It's a Word document. There are activities for each chapter. The preview file shows the assignments for chapters 1 and 2.
I like to incorporate the teaching of writing styles into our study of the novel, using it as an "anchor" text for many different types of activities. Students are caught up in the story, and they don't see these high order activities as new (or difficult) learning topics.