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Open Book

Novel Study Class

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From elementary to high school, novels are a crucial part of the learning experience. Great novels teach us about new worlds, eras, and people and encourage our students to explore their imagination. We believe they are an integral part of proper education. All students should be equipped with the ability to analyze novels. It is important not to be intimidated by the language and issues covered in novels. Students practice strategies that are useful for them to navigate the text. We have compiled a list of tactics for our students to use while reading.

Available Genres







Author : William Shakespeare

Big Ideas

• How to read plays

• Why Shakespeare

• Psychological Analysis of Hamlet

• Comprehension Questions


King Lear

Author : William Shakespeare

Big Ideas

• Discussing characters, themes and actions

• Analysis of Vocabulary and Grammar

• Genre: comedy and romance

• The tempest Animation



Author : William Shakespeare

Big Ideas

• More on Tragedy (Roman vs. Greek Tragedy)

• Literary Elements (Allusion, Dramatic Irony, foreshadowing)

• Discussing themes

• full play (Royal Shakespeare Company)


The Most Dangerous Game

Author : Richard Connell

Study Big Ideas : Plot

The Galloping


Author : Toni Cade Bambara

Study Big Ideas: Conflict


A Cat In The Rain

Author : Ernest Hemingway

Study Big Ideas: Symbolism



Author : Graham Greene

Study Big Ideas: Theme




Author : Toni Cade Bambara

Study Big Ideas : Characters


Man From The South

Author : Roald Dahl

Study Big Ideas:

Resolution, Ending

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Winston Smith wrestles with oppression in Oceania, a place where the Party scrutinizes human actions with ever-watchful Big Brother. Defying a ban on individuality, Winston dares to express his thoughts in a diary and pursues a relationship with Julia. These criminal deeds bring Winston into the eye of the opposition, who then must reform the nonconformist.


The Chamber of Secrets


The second instalment of boy wizard Harry Potter's adventures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, based on the novel by JK Rowling. A mysterious elf tells Harry to expect trouble during his second year at Hogwarts, but nothing can prepare him for trees that fight back, flying cars, spiders that talk and deadly warnings written in blood on the walls of the school.


Runaway Ralph


Ralph is a young, adventurous mouse who lives in an old run down hotel known as the Mountain View Inn. Ralph does not want to be like the rest of his family and scrounge for food for the rest of his life. He wants to be able to do what he wants, like riding his very own mouse-sized motorcycle.


To Kill a Mockingbird


Author Harper Lee uses memorable characters to explore civil rights and racism in the segregated Southern United States of the 1930s. Told through the eyes of Scout Finch, you learn about her father Atticus Finch, an attorney who hopelessly strives to prove the innocence of a black man unjustly accused of rape; and about Boo Radley, a mysterious neighbour who saves Scout and her brother Jem from being killed.

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The Prisoner of Azkaban


Harry Potter's third year at Hogwarts starts off badly when he learns deranged killer Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban prison and is bent on murdering the teenage wizard. While Hermione's cat torments Ron's sickly rat, causing a rift among the trio, a swarm of nasty Dementors is sent to protect the school from Black. 

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Billy and the Minpins


When Little Billy sneaks into the Forest of Sin he meets thousands of tiny surprises: the Minpins. His new friends live in miniature houses inside hollow trees. But everyone is terrified of a Fearsome Beast - and if Billy wants to go home he must defeat it once and for all!




A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia.


Charlotte's Web


The novel tells the story of a livestock pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, Charlotte writes messages praising Wilbur (such as "Some Pig") in her web in order to persuade the farmer to let him live.

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