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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 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
1 st the book
1st The Book
  • Title
    • identifies the book
    • often suggests something about the book
      • “Gentle Ben”
      • “The Incredible Journey”
the book
The Book ……
  • Author:
    • person or people who wrote the book
    • may help you find other books you will enjoy…..or want to avoid
the book5
The Book ……
  • Publisher:
    • person or company that printed and distributed the book
    • examples: Scholastic
the book6
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
the book7
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
the book8
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.
2 nd book walk
2nd Book-Walk
  • making a prediction
    • about the book
      • the topic
      • the genre
      • the characters
      • the events
book walk
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
book walk11
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
book walk12
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
3 rd chapter summaries
3rd Chapter Summaries
  • summarize the chapter
    • briefly presents main points in the chapter
      • events
      • characters actions
chapter summaries
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
chapter summaries15
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
4 th reading notes
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
reading notes
Reading Notes…..
  • setting
    • where the story takes place
      • the main “big” location
      • i.e. forest, a town, a planet
reading notes18
Reading Notes…..
  • setting
    • take notes on
      • location details/descriptions
      • smells, colours, textures, sounds
reading notes19
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
reading notes20
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
reading notes23
Reading Notes…..
  • story message
    • the reason why the author wrote the book, to
      • entertain
      • teach a lesson
      • inform about a subject
reading notes24
Reading Notes…..
  • story message
    • take notes on
      • what happens to you as you read
        • laugh
        • get frightened
        • learn something new
reading notes25
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!
5 th vocabulary
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

6 th story reflection
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
story reflection
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!