English Novel study description of activities
English Language Arts: Novel study
Divide the novel into 4 sections.
· Read each section; then, complete 1 assignment.
· Complete at least one assignment from each of the 4 categories (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Representing).
· Hand in at least one assignment by each deadline date given by your teacher. (deadline to come later)
CHOOSE ONE OPTION FROM EACH OF THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES
-Create a (200 word)text message conversation between your character and another character in the novel, assuming this technology exists at the time (J watch those autocorrections...). Include a brief intro paragraph that sets the context for the conversation.
Come up with a theme statement for this moment in your novel. In a well-written expository paragraph, briefly explain why the theme is accurate for this section of the novel. Then, explain why this theme is important for people to be aware of in real life today (300 words).
Record a radio/podcast interview with the main character. The interview must include at least 5 questions and detailed answers.
Create a 5-song playlist for your character at this particular moment in the novel. Include a brief explanation of why each song is an appropriate choice.
-Pick out 5 moments from this section of your novel and create a status update on facebook for each moment. Write a few sentences for each status update that makes it clear why this character would be feeling this way (e.g. When Katniss volunteers for the Hunger Games in place of her sister, her status update might read: omg. i may have just signed up for...) Please use a facebook-style template for this!
Write a short narrative that expands on something you already knew about one of the characters but no details were given. (For example, what happened to Primrose after Katniss volunteered to take her place?). 200-300 words
From this section of your novel, select a powerful scene that you would be able to act out and film (2-4 minutes).
Create a collection of at least 5 photographs that would be important to your character (hint: you may need to stage moments with peer-actors for this or choose to photograph inanimate things of symbolic importance to your character). Include a brief explanation of why each photo is an appropriate choice.
Create a 300-word diary entry for a main character in your novel, exploring how they are feeling at this moment.
Come up with a theme statement for this moment in your novel. Write your own short narrative that explores this theme.
Record a conversation between the main character and a therapist; the discussion should reflect important components that apply to the protagonist.
Create a map of the setting of your novel. Be sure to label your map with key features in the setting. Include brief explanations with your labels and a legend.
Create a Craigslist ad for your character. They may need to buy or sell something, advertise an event, seek out a place to live, need to hire an assistant, etc.). Include a brief informal paragraph that explains your ad.
Write a descriptive paragraph, describing a setting, object, loved one, from the perspective of the main character.
Sit down with a friend and have an intellectual conversation about a key conflict in your novel. Consider what you would do if presented with this conflict. Record your conversation to hand in. Your conversation SHOULD NOT be scripted. (5 minutes max).
Create a visual representation(drawing, painting, collage, etc.) that shows how the character grew and changed 10 years from the moment you just read. Include a brief informal paragraph that explains your representation.
Create a survival kit for your character which includes 5 or more useful items that would be plausible for your character (i.e. i-phones, flashlights, laptops, electricity may or may not have existed in the setting of your novel). Include a list of each item and a 2 or 3 line explanation of why you believe the implement would be necessary and useful.
Write a newspaper article about a major event from this section of the novel. Be sure to include the 5 Ws + H (Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How?)
Identify an incident in the novel in which you have been in the same situation or have felt the same way. Tell your partner about the character’s experience and your experience. Explain how the character handled his or her feelings and how you handled yours. Encourage your partner to find connections of his/her own. Record your conversation to hand in. Your conversation SHOULD NOT be scripted. (5 minutes max).
Bring in 5 objects that symbolically connect to your character. Label each with an explanation.
Find a poem or write a poem that connects with the main character’s experience. In an informal paragraph, explain the connections.
In a well written paragraph, explain which character you would connect to the best and would want to be friends with. Refer to at least 3 specific examples from the novel to support your reasoning.
Acting as one of the characters in your novel, go off on a 2 minute rant about a topic that he or she would feel passionately about. Film or record your rant. Include a brief intro to set up the context/explain the reason for this rant.
Create a theme song for this section of the novel. You may choose an already-existing song and re-write the lyrics or write your own original song. *OPTIONAL: Record yourself performing this song. Include a brief informal paragraph that explains your representation.