This lesson usually comes about 2 1/2 weeks after our first trip to the library. Today, we are in search of realistic contemporary fiction.
Just like last time, I want to do the front-loading for this assignment before we get to the library and I lose their attention.
I have students work independently on defining "realistic" and "contemporary." Then, we talk about what realistic contemporary fiction is. They write their own version of the definition on their handout.
Just as before, we head to the library to find our next novel. Again, my superhero librarian has pulled examples for me to show students. They are welcome to explore the library in search of their next novel. I make sure I'm available for questions and for book approval.
During the last 15 minutes of class, I will have my students sit down and create a paragraph that explains why their book is an example of realistic contemporary fiction. I will again talk about how they can make inferences without actually having read the book yet. We will talk about cover art, the synopsis on the back or inside flap, and skimming the first few pages.
I give my students a different assignment than they had for their historical fiction novel. Because they will be using this assignment on their summative assessment, I reiterate how very important it is that they complete their notes in a timely fashion so that I can give them feedback.
This particular assignment can be used for both novels, or the Cornell Note assignment can be used for both novels. These two assignments have students gathering the same information. The only difference is in the format and appearance of the document.