Reflection: High Quality Task What Makes a Great Novel? Analyzing Student-Selected Free-Choice Books - Section 1: Teacher to Teacher: Lesson Context and Time Frame


Let's face it: Students will cheat. Not all. But many. Finding ways to keep them from cheating and plagiarizing is an increasingly difficult task given the incursion of technology into our classrooms. To keep students engaged and away from temptation, I look for unique ways of creating analytical writing tasks that are so out-of-the-ordinary that students aren't tempted to let their fingers Google. Today's writing response was very successful, and as I said in the lesson introduction, it asks students to analyze a book and review it, too. Yet it seems so unique and new to students that only one even considered cheating, and she's a student who missed 40 days, who did not attend any of the classes in which I gave instructions to bring the free-choice book, and who ultimately paid a high price for being unethical throughout her high school career. She is an anomaly in my experience. 

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What Makes a Great Novel? Analyzing Student-Selected Free-Choice Books

Unit 2: Raising Readers: Getting Students to Read in and out of the Classroom
Lesson 3 of 3

Objective: SWBAT analyze a free-choice book based on a set of criteria for determining what makes a novel great.

Big Idea: “A thing may happen and be a total lie; another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth.” Tim O'Brien in "The Things They Carried"

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English / Language Arts, Literary Response and Analysis, Literature, Reading, Life of Pi, Free Choice Reading Response, Criteria for a Great Novel
  75 minutes
a s king and me at ncte
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