There is nothing more exciting than introducing students with a great piece of literature. Conversely, there is nothing more disappointing than students' not enough enthusiasm about a book you truly love. Unfortunately, your fervor of a novel does not always result in cheers and applause from your students. Reading a novel requires a lot of investment. Even novels with high-action plots require sometime to build momentum. How can you quickly bolster students' interest at the beginning of a new book? Listed here are six sure-fire ways to get your class enthusiastic about a new novel.
PLOT PIECES. Divide students into groups. Assign each group one page from a different part of the novel. As soon as they have read the page, ask students to compose a paragraph that outlines the plot from the novel. To do this, students will have to use context clues gleaned from other excerpt. Ask students to elect a representative from each group presenting their plot summaries. Compare plot summaries and revisit these summaries at the conclusion of the novel. Asking students to conjecture the plot from the novel will pique their interest in the book and help them extract information from context clues.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS. Ask students you just read the first page of text silently. Next, request a volunteer to read the first page aloud. Then, ask students to write down as many things as you can that they have learned through the first page. Next, ask students to jot down three questions they have based on their reading in the first page. This activity can help students read context clues and will also teach them to site text evidence when coming up with generalizations about a novel.
Conceal. Read a summary of the novel from your back cover, from the inside of flaps, or from an Internet source. If you prefer to depart the novel unknown, read an excerpt from your select part of the book. It's also possible to print out this summary or excerpt in order that students can refer to it. Next, ask students to design a cover based on information gleaned from the summary or excerpt. Allow students to spell out their cover design. If you are reading a novel which is divided into parts, have students design a cover at the end of each part of the novel. Revisit cover designs at the completion of the novel and get students to write a paragraph discussing their various understandings in the novel. This activity will help students chart the ways their understanding developed through the entire reading.
FRONT MATTER. Though students read novels on their schooling, very few are taught the value of the title, copyright, and acknowledgments. The pages that contain this information are known as the "front matter." In small groups, ask students look around the front matter of the novel. Instruct students to list 10 things they learned out there pages. In a more open-ended form of this activity, you are able to ask students to reply to the following questions: Exactly what does the front matter share with you what will and what are not in this novel? What does the front matter let you know about the novel's plot and themes? A fantastic explanation of front matter is available at Vox Clarus Press' website. Just search "Vox Clarus Front Matter."
LAST LINES. Instruct students to learn the last sentence or perhaps the last paragraph in the novel silently. Next, ask someone to read these last lines aloud. From these last lines, ask students to draw a comic strip that shows the plot from the novel. Each frame of the comic strip should contain narrative and dialogue. The final frame of the comic strip should be based on information gleaned through the novel's last lines. For the ending of the novel will whet students' appetite for your actual plot.
BEGINNING AND ENDING. Ask students to see both the first sentence along with the last sentence in the novel. Next, ask the students to construct a poem, paragraph, or short story with all the first and last sentences from the novel as the first and last sentences for his or her writing. Your students' writing should summarize what they think will be the plot in the novel. Revisit these summaries on the middle and at eliminate the reading. Within a reflective paragraph, ask students to match their initial impressions for the novel's actual plot and themes.
When beginning a brand new novel, consider using one of several above activities in your classroom. These activities give you a new lens by which to view your new novel. Starting study regarding your novel within a unique and unpredictable way will bolster your students' interest and engagement.