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A Novel Study a journey exploring story elements with a critical eye A Novel Study…… 1 st The Book 3 - 8 2 nd Book-Walk 9 - 12 3 rd Chapter Summaries 13 - 15 4 th Reading Notes 16 - 26 5 th Vocabulary 27

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A Novel Study

a journey exploring story elements with a critical eye


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A Novel Study……

  • 1st The Book 3 - 8

  • 2nd Book-Walk 9 - 12

  • 3rdChapter Summaries 13 - 15

  • 4th Reading Notes 16 - 26

  • 5th Vocabulary 27

  • 6th Story Reflection 28 - 29


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1st The Book

  • Title

    • identifies the book

    • often suggests something about the book

      • “Gentle Ben”

      • “The Incredible Journey”


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The Book ……

  • Author:

    • person or people who wrote the book

    • may help you find other books you will enjoy…..or want to avoid


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The Book ……

  • Publisher:

    • person or company that printed and distributed the book

    • examples: Scholastic


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The Book ……

  • Genre

    • the kind of book

    • examples:

      • adventure (The Incredible Journey, Bristle Face)

      • comedy

      • crime

      • mystery

      • fantasy (Harry Potter)

      • historical fiction (Dear Canada books)

      • science fiction


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The Book ……

  • Reading Level:

    • the level of difficulty

    • finding the reading level helps you judge whether you will be able to read the book comfortably

    • e.g. read a page, if you have problems with fewer than 5 words, you will probably be find

    • go to OKAPI


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The Book ……

  • Prior Knowledge:

    • Have you read anything about this topic or by this author before?

    • If so, spend a moment thinking about the topic or other books.


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2nd Book-Walk

  • making a prediction

    • about the book

      • the topic

      • the genre

      • the characters

      • the events


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Book-Walk…..

  • how to make a prediction

    • look at the cover

      • picture details, words, images

    • look to see if the chapters have titles

      • look for clues in the title words

    • read the back of the book

      • look for clues about what may happen

    • flip through and scan different parts

      • look for ideas/events suggested


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Book-Walk…..

  • write a prediction

    • write a general statement about what you think may happen (topic sentence)

    • write three more sentences providing details and reasons about what might happen

    • remember a concluding sentence


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Book-Walk…..

  • hint

    • you may want to try a variety of ways to list your three ideas

      • First, Second, Third

      • For example, A second example, A third example

      • One example, A second example, A third example


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3rd Chapter Summaries

  • summarize the chapter

    • briefly presents main points in the chapter

      • events

      • characters actions


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Chapter Summaries….

  • record notes as read

  • write a summary for each chapter

    • write a topic sentence briefly stating the chapter’s big idea

    • write three more support sentences providing details that support this big idea

    • write a concluding sentence reminding the reader about the chapter’s main idea


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Chapter Summaries….

  • hint

    • do not just list events

    • you need to state how these events make a ‘big idea’

  • every five chapters, write a summary of them

    • use the same process as for a single chapter summary


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4th Reading Notes

  • tracking information

    • as you read, you need to take notes of the literary elements

    • you must write general information, the page number, specific example or quote

      • setting

      • time period

      • main characters

      • Story message

      • plot


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Reading Notes…..

  • setting

    • where the story takes place

      • the main “big” location

      • i.e. forest, a town, a planet


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Reading Notes…..

  • setting

    • take notes on

      • location details/descriptions

      • smells, colours, textures, sounds


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Reading Notes…..

  • time period

    • when the story takes place

    • choose a description which best describes the entire story

      • past, present, future

      • year

      • season

      • time of day


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Reading Notes…..

  • time period

    • take notes on

      • dates

      • weather events

      • events we associate with a time e.g. World War II

      • events (people travel to Mars)


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Reading Notes…..

  • main characters

    • round character

      • ‘real’ personality revealed

      • thoughts, interests etc revealed

      • grows or changes

    • flat character

      • little personality

      • little revealed

      • usually does not change


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Reading Notes…..

  • main characters

    • take notes on

      • physical description

      • habits

      • beliefs

      • fears

      • strengths (what they are good at)

      • how they speak

      • relationships with others

      • what they learn


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Reading Notes…..

  • story message

    • the reason why the author wrote the book, to

      • entertain

      • teach a lesson

      • inform about a subject


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Reading Notes…..

  • story message

    • take notes on

      • what happens to you as you read

        • laugh

        • get frightened

        • learn something new


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Reading Notes…..

  • plot

    • the action, outline, development of the story


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Reading Notes…..

  • plot

    • take notes on

      • key events to the story (that determine the next story events)

      • climax (usually the part of the book that you have been waiting for

      • Note, you will not only record the event, page #, and evidence, you will also explain “why” it is important!


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5th Vocabulary

  • 10 new, difficult, or interesting words

    • for each word,

      • record the word

      • record the page number

      • Look the word up in a dictionary (book form)

      • write the meaning of the word

        • in your own words

        • in a way that shows what the words means

        • do not copy from the dictionary

record


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6th Story Reflection

  • reflect on the story in 2 ways:

    • your connections to the book

      • What does this book make you think of?

        • in your own life

        • in something you have read, viewed, listened to

      • Reread your character descriptions. Do you connect with any of these descriptions?

        • personality (funny, shy, brave etc)

        • fears

        • interests

        • age, male, female

        • appearance


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Story Reflection……

  • reflect on the story….

    2. your opinion of the book

    • like, dislike

    • strengths, needs improving

      * remember: for each reflection, write a clearly written paragraph with a topic sentence, at least three support sentences (evidence), and a concluding sentence


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A Novel Study

You are now ready to begin your journey of exploring story elements with a critical eye!


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