Planning a novel study

planning a novel study

Criteria to consider when choosing a novel for students with significant disabilities:

  • Age respectful topic and format
  • A compelling story line with substance to support ‘big questions’
  • Credible characters
  • Topic or issue that readers can make personal connections to
  • Careful introduction and reinforcement of difficult vocabulary and concepts
  • Straightforward plot development (e.g., avoiding flashbacks, time shifts, and confusing changes in point of view)
  • Simple sentence structure
  • Illustrations, audio support and/or video versions available
  • Reasonable length (e.g., less than 200 pages)

runt-novel-studyExample of a completed novel study template for Runt by Marion Dane Bauer.

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blank-novel-study-templateBlank novel study template

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blank-novel-study-graphic-organizerBlank novel study graphic organizer

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Other considerations when choosing a novel and any related learning is that the novel be:

  • personally meaningful
  • socially relevant
  • opportunities for social interaction
  • age respectful
  • developmentally appropriate