Reflection: Continuous Assessment Analyzing Plot and Characters to Write a Narrative - Section 3: Analyzing Chapters 15-18


This assignment helps students continue reading and analyzing the text.  Unless you want to read a novel for four months, it isn't possible to read and discuss the entire thing in class.  That's where asking text-dependent questions (rather than comprehension questions) comes in to play.  I can ask students to read and answer questions for the parts that aren't suitable for close reading or close analytical thinking while still holding them accountable. This type of assignment also works well if you have a substitute because it's a familiar assignment and you can ask questions and structure the assignment so students can be successful and productive.

In order to create this list of questions, I borrowed questions from some teacher resource guides as well as my own questions as I poured over the chapters.  I also took into consideration some of the questions students have asked as we read and discussed.  I wanted questions that were text-dependent and required students to think about what they were reading, not just locate specific details.  I also wanted them to cite where they found the information. Sometimes they forget to cite page numbers, but they're certainly doing better than in previous years.

This assignment allowed me to work with certain students who needed specific help.  This wasn't an earth-shattering assignment, but they were engaged.  They were reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  It was a relatively easy day for me, and sometimes those days are necessary for both teacher and students.


  Text-Dependent Questions, Not Comprehension Questions
  Continuous Assessment: Text-Dependent Questions, Not Comprehension Questions
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Analyzing Plot and Characters to Write a Narrative

Unit 12: Novel Study: The Hunger Games
Lesson 15 of 21

Objective: Students will be able to write a text-dependent narrative by analyzing events in a discussion and applying ideas to narrative writing.

Big Idea: What Peeta saw. . .

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