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Novel Study

Students will listen, speak, read, write, view, and represent to: 

  1. Explore thoughts, ideas, feelings, and experiences
  2. Comprehend literature and other texts in oral, print, visual, and multimedia forms, and respond personally, critically, and creatively.
  3. Manage ideas and information
    • determine inquiry or research requirements
    • follow a plan of inquiry
  4.  Create oral, print, visual, and multimedia texts, and enhance the clarity and artistry of communication 
  5.  Respect, support, and collaborate with others

Specific Outcomes:

  1. Students will produce a body of evidence in response to 2 novels.(see Random Idea Generator)
  2. Students will internalize focus questions.
  3. Students will infuse ICT outcomes.
  4. Students will produce one “Outside the Box” response.
  5. Students will write a 5 Paragraph Argumentative Essay Exam in response to a teacher selected focus question.
  6. Students will improve their “TIC” (Technique, Insight, Communication)

Learning Activities and Strategies: 

  • Group A: JP, BC, AP, JB, BG
  • Group B: JC, CA, MM, CM, APr
  • Group C: AN, JPo, MP, TS, SdJ
  • Group D: NC, KW, CS, JM, SG
  • Group E: DL, BR, OH, KY

Students will plan a reading/response strategy. 

  • select 2 texts
  • select focus questions
  • map out a response/reading plan to produce a body of evidence
  • determine their “Outside the Box” activity. 
  • must be approved by a group leader and teacher.

Resources and Materials:

  • Of Mice and Men
  • Why Shoot the Teacher
  • The Education of Little Tree
  • Never Cry Wolf
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Lord of the Flies
  • The Chrysalids 


  • 25% Group Process
  • 25% Body of Evidence
  • 25% “Outside the Box”
  • 25% Exam


  • 3 weeks


  • rubric.png 

Novel Study Preflight Checklist

Read a Novel from the Reading List:

Tracback a “map” of your response here.

Short Story Unit Plan

I have a variety of online etexts of classic short stories.
Each story is linked to a discussion forum of the author.
I have a Short Story Study Guide template. I figure this template will suffice for a multi-threaded response from a blog. Design a clear “map” for me to follow for assessment.
I have a list of Critical Questions(each topic linked to a discussion forum as well). Pick and choose whatever question you like to fill out your guide.
I have a page of Focus Questions for the entire course. Choose your overall thematic focus from this list.
I have a bank of exams for each of the short stories (view a sample quiz, oh, you’ll need the hint for the password).

Your Task:
First, work alone on any one story, all your work on one story should be in your own blog(dedicate one post as a “map”). 3 days. Quiz #1: November 14.
Second, work in pairs on another story, all your work must link collaboratively between your two blogs. 3 days. Quiz #2: November 19.
Finally, work alone or in pairs (or larger groups) on a third story, your response can be in an acceptable collaborative format. 3 days. Quiz#3: November 23.


Quiz 20%, Study Guide 80%.(x3)

A novel study and a variety of poems remain as requirements in the course. Diploma Part A: January 15, 2008. The Novel should be done before Christmas break to allow for poetry study in January. Consider extra readings from the reading list.

Trackback your 3 responses here.