20 Activities to do with a Novel

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Why use novels in the classroom?


Novels are a valuable resource in any classroom situation, from infants right up to sixth.
Naturally, you are going to get more written work opportunities stemming from the senior classes but the younger classes can still reap the rewards of having a good novel read to them. Never too young in my opinion!

Novels are a means of promoting:

Development of Imagination
Development of Language Skills
Understanding feelings
Relaxation
Critical Thinking
Development of Listening Skills
Empathy
Concentration
A thirst for knowledge
Integrated learning
Creativity
Entertainment through reading

Maximise your novel reading and extend your novel studies with your class by moving beyond the usual chapter summaries, comprehension style questions and character fact files.

20 Activities to do with a Novel:


1. Create a Book Log - using a copybook or a scrapbook, invite the children to collate their learning on the novel into a book log. These are lovely to work on and even more lovely for pupils to look back on.

2. Interview with the Author

3. Create a Cloze Challenge - cloze procedures are important for comprehension skills but they're much more appealing to learners if they're about something interesting and relevant! Photocopy a page from the text and block out some words. You can differentiate it to suit your own class - by either providing a word bank or not. Why not even challenge the students to create their own close challenges for their peers?

4. Dictionary Work / Thesaurus Work - looking for new words in chapters and finding the meaning and logging them in a personal dictionary or notebook!

5. Webbing - Put a character or key word in the centre of a web. Brainstorm for ideas and thoughts and see if any connections can be made between them!

7. Note taking - make post-its available for your students. Permit them to use post-its to make notes of interesting words or events that they might want to refer back to later. Nice way of quickly recapping on a chapter and saving your books from pencils at the same time!

8. Write a poem - inspired by an event or a character in the novel

9. Make a story map / cartoon strip -  of the main events in a chapter or entire novel

10. '5 Questions' - If you could ask a character 5 questions what would they be?

11. Mapping - Map out your imagined impression of what the setting of the novel might be like.

12. Venn Diagram Character Compare & Contrast

13. 'My Fictional Friend' - encourage your students to choose a character who they would want for a friend. Why would they choose them? What would they do together? What would they talk about? Wonderful scope for imaginative, creative writing.

14. Compose a letter or a postcard - to a character or the author

15. Look for language in context - identify nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, contractions within the pages! Bring learning the mechanics to life!

16. Write a Limerick - about a character or the plot of the novel

17. 'Dear Diary' - write diary entries for chosen characters during the duration of reading your novel!

18.  'P.S.' - Write an epilogue or some additional text for what you imagine to have happened the characters after the novel ends.

19. Reader Response - choose the most important word / line / image or object from a page and describe why you have chosen it.

20.  Opening Minds - Using a blank head template, write ideas, words, sentences or draw images that you think may be flying through the mind of a particular character.


So much scope for lovely learning and creative writing opportunities.

My Novel & Stories Activity Pack for 4th - 6th Class is on Mash and contains 10 templates for various novel related activities.






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