Using Paired Novels to Build Close Reading

Comparing and analyzing literature develops strong critical thinking and writing skills. This series develops these skills by analyzing two novels in conjunction. Students complete a wide variety of activities that compare the ideas, craft and structure of the novels. Section I of each workbook provides comparative activities. After reading and studying each novel, students complete activities focusing on the literary elements of characterization, plot, setting/genre, theme and craft/structure. Section II includes one unit that focuses on each novel and one unit that can be used to study either of the novels. Each unit begins with teacher instructions. Students, individually or in groups, are encouraged to develop multiple skills for responding via methods like discussion, textual evidence and written response activities. Activities are opened-ended and emphasize individual interpretation. Answers are not provided. Reproducible for classroom use. 96 pgs, pb. ~ Ruth

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