Books open windows to the world. They have the ability to transform readers, expand knowledge and support learning both in and out of the classroom. The Great American Read (TGAR) provides a variety of ways to increase engagement around books, and develop students’ literacy and language skills.
Here are some innovative ways to deepen student learning around classic novels. You can choose a novel from The Great American Read, or venture out and select one your own.
Encourage your students, children or teens to write a short story, essay or poem about a book they loved, and why. Below are some ideas to get your started!
Ask students to discuss the following questions with a classmate, and summarize their answers in a written statement:
What is one of your favorite books and why? Who is your favorite character and what makes him/her so special to you?
Ask students to write a Haiku (a 3 sentence poem) about one of their favorite books:
Haiku Example: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Teen runs from dad
Befriends a runaway slave
Satire of Old South
Write a blog about a book you are reading, including details about characters (Ex: smart, rambunctious, witty, intense), the setting, plots or themes.
Encourage students to read a book from The Great American Read. Ask them to write letters back and forth between characters from the book.
Encourage your students, children or teens to express their creative side through art, music and media activities. Below are some ideas to get you started!
Ask students to design a book cover combining themes or characters from two different novels on The Great American Read list. Show your Great American Read spirit, and share the project online using #GreatReadPBS