I circulate, as always during writers workshop. This writing assignment won't go through all the stages of revision. I'm really just looking to make sure they have a solid understanding of theme, the central idea of the novel, as well as a firm grasp of parts of plot.
This time should be focused and hushed. Kids are on a time crunch. I want them to finish today.
Here is a completed Student Sample of a Theme Analysis.
When all that serious stuff is over, we can move on to something more creative. I ask them to work at their table groups. Each table is assigned a different major character from So B. It. On the board I'll write:
Imagine ten years have passed since the book has ended. Where are these characters now? Make a list of all the possible events that could have transpired. What is currently happening in these characters' lives?
As a small group, I'll designate one character as theirs. They will write a list in their notebooks of all the possible place this character could be. All of the events they could now be involved in.
They we make a master list on the board... Where are our characters now?
I ask that their lists be semi-believable. But it is okay to have a little fun with this... and to be a little silly.
Now, they can choose any character and write either:
Students are forced to infer. I also ask them to reference the novel, "So B. It."
If there is time at the end, we'll share.