The Good Earth Novel Study. To begin the novel unit, the teacher uses the anticipation guide to get students thinking about key concepts from the novel. The anticipation guide asks students to record evidence as they read about each of the statements. The essay requirements are directly related to the anticipation guide. Teachers may give the essay guidelines with the anticipation guide at the beginning, or wait until the end of the novel. I used our state text dependent analysis rubric for grading. I also asked students to reflect about the anticipation guide statements at the end of the novel.