Novel Study

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Hmmm . . . .

Grab their attention with this realistic story. Grow their mind with a variety of deep thinking and processing activities. Win their hearts with the possibility of growing a business themselves. Win their minds with meaningful work. Let this novel study help your students and children learn, think, do, know and become through inferring, predicting, questioning, summarizing, comparing, connecting, and researching. Print and go for the teacher. Read and dig deeper for the student. 

Thinking While Reading

As with all my novel studies, schema activation, predictions, space to record independent thinking, journal prompts, get out of the book activities and personal reflection questions take the forefront with a few traditional comprehension questions sprinkled in here and there. Why do I write them that way? Because, children need the opportunity to do more than read the words written in a book. They need to spend time with it, roll the content around in their brains, and make decisions with and without the guidance of the teacher. Here’s your chance for adventure, let’s go!

What’s in a Novel Study?

Each novel study contains several sections and each section a variety of parts.


Getting Started & Wrap It Up

Open up and pull together your thinking with these two sections that occur only once in each study.

Comprehension Questions

While these questions may be more traditional, don’t expect them to be easy. Dig into the text to find the answers. 


While You are Reading

Metacognition – thinking about thinking – brings out a greater understanding of the content. 


Journal Your Thoughts

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Get Out of the Book

Research, create, try something new – this part of each novel study section is about digging deeper and discovering more than what the text directly states. 

What About You?

Use these prompts to create connections, form & defend an opinion and consider your own characteristics & actions and compare yourself to 

Similar Novel Studies

Want a suggestion for another study? Have an idea for us?
Here are a couple of suggestions and a way to share your idea with us. 

Greenglass House

When a quiet winter break vacation quickly turns to chaos with the arrival of guests, a theft and a huge winter storm there is much to be explored. Help your student(s) chase the mysteries – yes, plural – through this book using this unique novel study. 

The Candymakers

So who’s story is the real story? Can anyone recount an event exactly as it happened or are stories all about perspective? Learn all about perspective, prior knowledge and internal struggle as four twelve year old candymaking contestants seek to win the annual contest and have their new idea on shelves all over the country.

Have an Idea?

What book does your family want to read? Send Us Your Request for a New Novel Study


Note: Though we would love to turn every book into a novel study, each study takes a significant amount of time. Please be aware that though all recommendations will be considered, not all can be accomplished.