24 research and writing prompts which help you use the novel to teach writing skills and to ensure that students develop a good understanding of character and themes/issues touched on by the text. These assignments 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.
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 ask students to research topics and present their findings as oral presentations (supported with a slideshow). Also included are creative / personal writing starters. Some writing activities are based on the complete text (review, email/letter, interview questions). Other activities are based on specific incidents in the text.
They are WRITING exercises, so they are also designed to improve student's abilities in different styles of writing. Styles include:
- Diary Entries
- Personal Letters / Note / email
- Dialogues / Scripts (You could ask student to act out.)
- Presentation / Slideshow (including internet research)
- Review / Book Report
- Interview Questions
- Creative Writing
- Newspaper / Police Reports
Most assignments include hints, sub-headings or structure guides to provide a starting point or scaffolding to help students get started.
There are 24 activities in total. These high order tasks give students an opportunity to show a deep understanding of the plot, as well as to practice writing in different formats. Many of the activities could be used for summative assessment.
It's a Word document, so editable to suit your class.
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.
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