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This kinesthetic method for teaching novels uses Shelley’s “Frankenstein” as a model
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By – Beth Thomas
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Grade Level – 8-12
- This lesson takes a kinesthetic approach to teaching books or novels.
- by Mary Shelley is used as an example.
- White board markers
- Crossover – students will stand in a line and then will move to different sides of the room based on their answer to the question. After students move, call on a few to explain answer. (15 minutes)
- Warm-up: (
easy to answer grade-appropriate questions
- Go to the left side of the room if you went on vacation this summer.
- Go to the right side of the room if you have already applied to college.
- Go to the left side of the room if you have ever had a job.
- Go to the right side of the room if you have a special talent.
- Novel Work: (
thematic questions related to book or novel
- Go to the left side of the room if you have ever dressed up like a monster at Halloween. (Describe why it is a monster to you.)
- Go to the right side if you wish you had a clone.
- Go to the left side if you have ever accepted the blame for something that you did not do or apologized for something that was not your fault.
- Go to the right side of the room if you have not done the right thing and regretted it. (Can expand if they wish, but do not have to.)
- Journal – What is a monster’s criteria in our society? Are all monsters make-believe?
- Have students come to the board and write criteria for monsters.
- Students will stand on the right side of the room if they agree monsters are real in our society and to the left if they think monsters are only make-believe or only found in fiction
- Then, students will debate the answer and as students are swayed either way, they will move to the other side of the room.
- Have students come to the board and add to the original list or have one student record answers on the board for future discussion. Students can also place an X beside any they now disagree with.
- Discuss the ‘X’s.
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