Activities for Any Novel provides approaches for developing a balanced reading program using literature as its focus. Polette presents literature-based activity examples allowing students to respond to literature in creative ways using skills important to literacy. Involve students with:
– Vocabulary to group and/or use in sentences
– Open-ended sentence starters
– Higher order discussion questions
The strategies incorporate the Six Keys to Learning.
– Learning is social.
– Learning begins with the learner's experience.
– Successful learning requires risk taking.
– True learning stresses meaning.
– Learning must be active.
– Effective learning mandates choice.
Polette also presents a clear procedure for evaluating projects.
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I have been teaching English / Language Arts for the past 5 years, and I have used numerous books that would help plan reading comprehension lessons. This book could prove to be very helpful for the elementary school teacher. It offers many fun and interesting comprehension activities that are easily taught to students in grades 3-6. The strategies in this book can be used when teaching a book or story that the students may be reading. Activities for Any Novel is an excellent resource that I would recommend to any elementary school teacher that is looking for new and fun activities to help monitor their students’ comprehension of a text.
Activities for Any Novel is broken into two sections (Pre Reading Strategies and Post Reading Strategies) with activities that put emphasis on particular objectives / standards. The first section (Pre Reading Strategies) outlines fourteen different activities that could be used to activate prior knowledge and assist with comprehension of the text. The second section (Post Reading Strategies) provides seventeen different activities to assist in ensuring the students comprehension of the text is on point. It could also help the teacher assess the students’ level of understanding.
Tricia B. Weatherspoon