Novel Ideas - Six Unique Solutions to Introduce a New Novel on your Class

There is nothing more exciting than introducing students to a great piece of literature. Conversely, there's nothing more disappointing than students' lack of enthusiasm about a book you love. Unfortunately, your fervor of a novel does not always produce cheers and applause for your students. Reading a singular requires a lot of investment. Even novels with high-action plots require sometime to build momentum. How will you quickly bolster students' interest at the start of a new book? Listed here are six sure-fire ways to get your class excited about a new novel.


PLOT PIECES. Divide students into groups. Assign each group one page coming from a different part of the novel. Once they have read the page, ask students to compose a paragraph that outlines the plot of the novel. To do this, students will have to use context clues gleaned off their excerpt. Ask students to elect a representative from each group presenting their plot summaries. Compare plot summaries and revisit these summaries after the novel. Asking students to conjecture the plot with the novel will pique their fascination with the book and help them extract information from context clues.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS. Ask students to learn the first page of text silently. Next, request a volunteer to read page one aloud. Then, ask students to jot down as many things as you possibly can that they have learned in the first page. Next, ask students to jot down three questions they have got based on their reading in the first page. This activity might help students read context clues and it'll teach them to site text evidence when generating generalizations about a novel.

COVER UP. Read a summary of the novel from the back cover, from the inside flaps, or from a web source. If you prefer to depart the novel a mysterious, read an excerpt from a select part of the book. It's also possible to print out this summary or excerpt to ensure students can refer to it. Next, ask students to design a cover based on information gleaned in the summary or excerpt. Allow students to spell out their cover design. If you're reading a novel that's divided into parts, have students design a canopy at the end of each section of the novel. Revisit cover designs with the completion of the novel and ask students to write a paragraph discussing their various understandings in the novel. This activity may help students chart how their understanding developed through the entire reading.


FRONT MATTER. Though students read novels in their schooling, very few are taught the significance of the title, copyright, and acknowledgments. The web pages that contain this information these are known as the "front matter." In small groups, ask students to explore the front matter of the novel. Instruct students to list 10 things they learned from all of these pages. In a more open-ended type of this activity, it is possible to ask students to respond to the following questions: Simply what does the front matter let you know about what will and what are not in this novel? What does the front matter tell you about the novel's plot and themes? An excellent explanation of front matter can be found at Vox Clarus Press' website. Just search "Vox Clarus Front Matter."

LAST LINES. Instruct students you just read the last sentence or perhaps the last paragraph with the novel silently. Next, ask someone to read these last lines aloud. From these last lines, ask students to draw in a comic strip that shows the plot in the novel. Each frame of the comic strip should contain narrative and dialogue. The very last frame of the comic strip should be based on information gleaned from the novel's last lines. With the ending of the novel will whet students' appetite for that actual plot.

BEGINNING AND ENDING. Ask students to see both the first sentence and also the last sentence with the novel. Next, ask students to construct a poem, paragraph, or short story using the first and last sentences in the novel as the first and last sentences for writing. Your students' writing should summarize what they think will be the plot in the novel. Revisit these summaries on the middle and at the end of the reading. Inside a reflective paragraph, ask students to check their initial impressions on the novel's actual plot and themes.

When beginning a new novel, consider using among the above activities within your classroom. These activities give a new lens through which to view your new novel. Starting the research into your novel within a unique and unpredictable way will bolster your students' interest and engagement.