This reproducible study guide consists of instructional material to use in conjunction with a specific novel. Written in chapter—by—chapter format, the guide contains a synopsis, pre—reading activities, vocabulary and comprehension exercises, as well as extension activities to be used as follow—up to the novel.
NOVEL—TIES are either for whole class instruction using a single title or for group instruction where each group uses a different novel appropriate to its reading level. Depending upon the amount of time allotted to it in the classroom, each novel, with its guide and accompanying lessons, may be completed in two to four weeks.
The first step in using NOVEL—TIES is to distribute to each student a copy of the novel and a folder containing all of the duplicated worksheets. Begin using NOVEL—TIES for reading development by distributing the novel and a folder to each child. Distribute duplicated pages of the study guide for student to place in their folders. After examining the cover and glancing through the book, students can participate in several pre—reading activities. Vocabulary questions should be considered prior to reading a chapter; all other work should be done after the chapter has been read. Comprehension questions can be answered orally or in writing. The classroom teachers should determine thee amount of work to be assigned, always keeping in mind that readers must be nurtured and that the ultimate goal is encouraging students' love of reading.
The benefits of using NOVEL—TIES are numerous. Students read good literature in the original, rather than in abridged or edited form. The good reading habits, formed by practice in focusing on interpretive comprehension and literary techniques, will be transferred to the books students read independently. Passive readers become active, avid readers.