Depth and Complexity Literary Mini-Books

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This resource includes 11 individual mini-books (one for each element of critical thinking-) that can be used with ANY novel. The mini-books measure about 5 x 7 inches, contain 3-5 pages, and can be glued into an interactive notebook or lapbook. They can be used as a concluding project once students have finished a novel, or they can be completed based on smaller reading selections within a book (chapters, pages, etc.). Each of the 11 books comes with detailed teaching notes.
The topics/concepts that are covered are as follows:
  • Language of the Discipline: descriptive words, word connotation, literary devices
  • Details: character and setting analysis, sensory description
  • Patterns: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution
  • Rules: character relations, theme, rules within a story
  • Trends: character types, compare and contrast with nonfiction, influence of setting
  • Unanswered Questions: author’s purpose, examples of ambiguity, human nature
  • Ethics: plot dilemma, ethical elements, controversy and debate
  • Big Idea: summarization, theme, literary archetypes, literary motif
  • Relate Over Time: changes in character and setting, historical relevance, future implications
  • Multiple Perspectives: characterization, protagonist vs. antagonist, point of view
  • Across Disciplines: multidisciplinary connections, illustration, research
Two versions–with and without icons–are now included!!
This resource was created based on the Depth and Complexity framework, which was developed by Dr. Sandra Kaplan under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Research and Improvement: 1996

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