I find it helps to organize books and units around one “principle.” This principle will be modeled and practiced throughout the entirety of the unit from a variety of angles. It’s always my goal to then have students “produce” that skill on their own or in small groups by the end of our study. Today I’ll provide two different approaches. The options for today all focus on culminating activities that measure writing ability.
It seems to me that many of the books we give our students are meta “texts.” Novels like To Kill a Mockingbird, All the King’s Men, even The Scarlet Letter include a series of speeches, sermons or courtroom arguments that have their own “life.” Books that include other “texts” within them offer a range of opportunities for end projects.