When I read a novel in my classroom, I tend to go a little overboard.
I try to create an environment that reflects the book. Between the use of props, visuals, and specific language, I try to recreate the world we are reading about. This is very easy with The Giver. (If you haven’t read The Giver, you might not understand the lingo I am using here.)
My students have been placed in Reading Communities. The Green, Orange, and Red Communities perform differentiated group Tasks in their designated Community Areas a few days each week.
When I need to conference with a student individually, they may hear this: “Community Member 13, please report to the Grading Area immediately.”
And what about homework?? Well, my Thirteens and Fourteens no longer have homework. But, they do have Dwelling Work.
I require students to speak with “precision of language” whether we are talking about the novel or just casual conversation. It’s a great way to promote the use of stronger, more specific, content-related vocabulary.
By taking on the language and adopting unique characteristics of the novel, I am improving their understanding of the book and making the characters come to life.
No matter what my own children say (“Mom!! That is soooo lame!”), or what my students say (“Oh my gosh…seriously???). I know they love it.
I couldn’t wait until we read Chapter 7, and I could say to them daily, “Thank you for your childhood.”
Stay tuned for more posts about this novel experience!
Meanwhile, how do you make a novel come alive in your classroom?
Did you see The Giver movie? What did you think?