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Class Novels

Reading a class novel can be a wonderful experience for children. It allows a close, in-depth reading of a text under the guidance of the class teacher. While using the class novel all pupils are at the same level, which is particularly encouraging for the weaker or reluctant reader. In this digital age of instant entertainment the class novel helps the discipline of delayed gratification as readers wait for the story to unfold. Read more.

HOW DO I CHOOSE A NOVEL FOR MY CLASS?

Choosing the right novel can hook your class into reading. You know your class: consider their reading ability, interests and favourite authors. Take into account aspects of curriculum, themes (different cultures, bullying, history), award winners, reviews and recommendations. Does the novel have teacher’s notes? Is it by an Irish author who is available to visit your school?

See our extensive list of recommended class novels. We carry the full range of Read and Respond teacher’s guides, and where free notes are available, we will forward them to you by email.

WHO PAYS FOR THE CLASS NOVEL?

A. Include the cost of the novel in the book list to parents. The child keeps their book, and you can choose a new novel each year.

B. The school buys the novels, which can be re-used with other classes or shared with a neighbouring school.

HOW DO WE READ THE NOVEL?

Divide the book into readable sections. (E.g. if the term is 6 weeks and the book is 20 chapters, take 3 or 4 chapters per week.)

Each week the selected chapters are read aloud in class. This builds confidence in children even if they read only a page or two. The teacher might read also.

After each chapter have a discussion, or use worksheets or the general guidelines below. These oral and written activities can help the novel to come alive for the child.

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