Reacting to Literature: Writing Activities for Every Book

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Is your current novel study unit short on writing activities? Are you looking for a more in-depth way to explore the novel your student is currently reading? If you are, you may want to check out these collections of reproducible writing assignments, designed to accompany any novel. Both books are similar in content, although the format and assignments are adapted slightly for either middle-grade students or high school students. Each 20-page workbook features writing assignments that "follow" the reader through the novel, from beginning to end. Areas explored through writing include prediction of what the story is about, investigating the author, describing the setting, tracing the plot, defining unknown vocabulary words used in the story, finding imagery, exploring the point of view the story is told from, identifying the conflict or problem, character studies, and more. Additional, more creative assignments ask the student to project what the characters in the novel will be doing in the future, write a poem in a specific format based on the book, or even write a bumper sticker message based on the main idea of the book (in Grades 6-8 book only). Far from being merely writing prompts on these topics, each page features a layout specific to answering that question, or exploring the idea. These include adaptations of graphic organizers, grids, specific questions, and more. Often a degree of creativity is worked into the assignment, leading students away from simply citing an example from the story and walking away. Designed to be used as writing journals for literature, an extension to summer reading, or to replace book reports, these offer a lot of opportunities to explore a novel through writing, whether you pick and choose assignments that fit the novel well, or complete them all. - Jess

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