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General Guidelines for Class Novels

Work with the children to:

  • Identify author, illustrator, publisher, length of book, chapters.
  • First Impressions: describe characters, name, age, appearance, dress, personality, habits, other. Reread later.
  • Write to the author - tell them what you think of the book.
  • Create a wanted poster for one of the characters offering a reward.
  • Author Visit - phone Poetry Ireland 01 - 4789974 for a list of authors.
  • Draw a movie poster advert and cast 1 or 2 real actors in the lead roles.
  • Write and design an advert for the novel to encourage others to buy and read.
  • Describe the setting for the story. Where and when is it set? Would you like to be there?
  • Read the story to the second-last chapter. The classwrite their version of final chapter.
  • Story Board: create a story board using only six pictures and captions to tell the story.
  • Redesign a cover: look at other books and discuss covers, marketing styles and strategies.
  • Arts & Crafts: bookmark, mural, collage, time capsule for one of the characters, diorama of one scene.
  • Develop and design an award for this novel, explain the criteria and why it won. Check out the CBI awards.
  • Vocabulary: write a list of all new words and their meaning.
  • What is your favourite chapter, and why?
  • Dramatise the story or one scene.
  • Re-enact dialogue between two characters.
  • Write a newspaper report on an incident in the novel.
  • List the “goodies” and the “baddies”.
  • If you could be a character in the book who would it be?
  • Set a quiz on the novel.
  • Where do you think the author got the idea for the story.
  • Discuss and rewrite the blurb.
  • Create a story chain containing at least 10 links.
  • Write a brief outline of a sequel to this story.
  • Write a poem:about the story, a character or an event.
  • Write about the most exciting or boring part.
  • What would you change in the book if you had written it?
  • Interview a character.
  • Write a review, (not a synopsis). Try to be honest and critical.
  • Compare two novels that the class have read.
  • Rewrite the story as a picture book for young children.
  • Make a word search using words from the book.