Trifold novel studies are designed to engage students in higher level thinking about literature without the long list of chapter questions that only focus on recalling the plot.
Students focus their daily reading response on core reading comprehension skills and vocabulary using popular chapter books that are appropriate for their reading level.
What’s in a trifold novel study?
Right now the trifold novel studies are in the process of being updated so that each title contains five components:
1. Instructional guide
Instructional guides support pacing and give you guidance for each day’s lesson. The core components of the trifold novel study instructional guides that are included for each day are:
- Chapters or pages of the book to read
- Reading comprehension focus skill
- Tier 2 academic vocabulary related to the focus skill
- Text-based word of the day (selected from the day’s reading)
2. Daily vocabulary interactive notebook template
The daily vocabulary INB template is quick and easy for students to prepare and covers one week of the text-based word of the day.
There are a number of different uses for this template to help students recall the daily vocabulary word.
For example, you can use the tab to have students create a modified Frayer model. You could also have students write their own definition and record the sentence (and page number) from the text.
3. Novel study trifolds in color & blackline versions
The trifolds are designed to be approachable for students. They easily fold and each one covers an entire week of reading. The size makes them perfect for using as a bookmark – which makes them much more difficult to lose than the traditional novel packet.
The top of each section is numbered to help students find the section they need quickly. The day’s reading selection is also outlined for quick reference. The day’s reading comprehension focus is also clearly labeled, which helps students see the skill they are focusing on.
The remaining portion of each day’s section focuses on providing the comprehension prompt and giving students space to respond.
Graphic organizers are included, where appropriate, to help guide student responses. These organizers are purposefully selected to be aligned with ones that are commonly seen on state testing.
4. Cut & paste journal prompts
The cut & paste prompts are another way that you can differentiate for your students. Daily chapter questions align with those in the trifold. These are great for a number of different things:
- Keeping all responses in a reading response journal.
- Attaching to a larger piece of construction paper for a literature circle brainstorming chart
- Giving space for students to expand their responses and provide text-based evidence.
- Allow for the use of different paper – wider lines or color – where appropriate.
5. Answer keys
Sample responses are included to help make grading quick and simple. These responses reflect text evidence students should identify. They also provide information on areas where the student should make connections between their personal experiences or opinions and the text.
Why trifold novel studies vs. traditional novel units?
The trifold novel study format allows for differentiation based on student needs and the compact foldable makes the written response less overwhelming for reluctant or struggling writers.
The content is based on prioritized skills that students need to master as they move up through reading levels, but the focus on a single skill each day allows students to dive deeper than traditional novel units that require students to respond to 3-10 questions per day.
The goal of trifold novel studies is not for the student to be well-versed in the book (although they do that, too). Instead, the trifolds help students develop a deep understanding of reading comprehension skills and strategies and how to apply them to text.
Want to know more?
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