Do you ever want your students to annotate for a purpose? This simple task that takes the duration of the novel reading will have students reading thoroughly so they can complete a specific data analysis task after their annotating is complete.
If your students have NEVER annotated, this is an easy task to help develop a reason to annotation. If your students ALWAYS annotate but rarely do anything with their annotations except turn them in, this will give them the opportunity to see a purpose.
This assignment begs students to follow a mental/emotional theme throughout the book. Students may follow Henry's struggle between significance and insignificance, or confidence and self-pity, or social acceptance and rejection, or many others. All possible themes are already listed for students to choose from.
Directions for annotation are delivered but may be modified to fit your resources for students. For example, if you are using books students can write in, annotation can take place directly on the page, but if they are using a school issued copy, they may have to use post-its, or take notes.
After the read and annotation are complete, students have a project task to complete that requires charting their quotes as they evaluate Henry Fleming for his psychological behaviors. A final request made of students puts them in the role of a behavioral psychologist evaluating Henry based on patterns they see in his mental behaviors.
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