Writing Assignments for Any Novel|Middle School Writing Activities

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Description

These critical thinking writing assignments and activities that come in both DIGITAL and PRINT versions were created to help you address multiple standards in more fun and engaging ways especially in a distance learning environment. Each of these 10 activities can be used with any novel or piece of literature that you’re studying! These activities require higher-level thinking skills and force students to look more closely at a text. They’re the perfect accompaniment to any novel unit.

*Please view the preview video to see exactly what the Google Slides™ digital version of this resource looks like!

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WHAT’S INCLUDED:

Character Connections Activity:

Students examine how the characters in a text are connected to each other - students can uncover how and why individual characters develop over the course of the text, and in turn, discover overarching themes.

Characters + Symbolism:

Students work closely with symbolism and character analysis in this creative activity. By requiring students to provide evidence for their reasoning, they dig deeper into the symbolism in the text.

Create Your Own Socratic Seminar:

Students are required to use higher-order thinking skills to develop open-ended questions to be used in a small group or large group discussion of the text. Students provided answers, reasoning, and evidence for their own questions as well.

Dialogue Activity:

Students find meaningful and significant dialogue from the text they're studying. Using this dialogue, they explore and analyze how this dialogue reveals information about the characters or provokes different outcomes in the story.

Found Poetry Activity:

Students write their own original poem using words / phrases from the text. They then work with summarizing the text and analyzing their own poem in relationship to the story.

Instagram Activity:

Students gather evidence from the text in a non-intimidating way before writing an essay or engaging in further class discussion. Students provide symbols that were influenced by the text and support their choices by finding examples and justifying their reasoning.

One-Pager Activity:

Students are asked to create a high-level overview and analysis of the text, presenting it in a visually-appealing way. Students focus on major themes, symbols, and personal reflections on the text.

Setting Activity:

The setting of a story can have an emotional effect on the reader and set the mood for the plot. In this activity students use evidence from the text to help them create a map of the story. Then students reflect on how the setting has an emotional effect on the reader or how it sets the mood for the plot.

Timeless Text Activity:

The purpose of this activity is to get students thinking about timeless texts – meaning, text that goes beyond what’s just in the story, but a text that can be applied to life or maybe even teach us a lesson. Students, again, draw on evidence from the text to support their reasoning and artistic choices.

What's Going on in the Mind of ...? Activity:

Students gain a deeper understanding of a character in the text by focusing on thoughts, questions, symbols, drawings, etc. that a character might be grappling with. Students use quotes from the text to support their reasoning and justify their choices.

DIGITAL VERSION, so you can easily use this resource in your Google Classroom™. Students can write directly into the Google Slides™ included. We've also added editable rubrics in the digital version, so you can easily grade and make suggestions directly in the students' Google Slides™ should you wish to do so.

EACH ACTIVITY ALSO INCLUDES:

- Detailed Instructions for Use

- EDITABLE Rubrics

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*PLEASE NOTE: The Instagram Activity, Timeless Text Activity, and Character Connections Activity are all stand-alone resources in our store.*

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Looking for more activities to use with any novel? Check out these other great resources we have in our store.

READING RESPONSE CHOICE BOARD

DOUBLE-ENTRY JOURNAL

EVIDENCE GRAPHIC ORGANIZER

INFORMATIONAL TEXT GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS

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55 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

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