After reading a whole-class novel, many teachers like to add follow-up activities such as class discussions, essay writings, posters, or other projects T.o make the most of these activities, it helps to have some specific topics in mind – topics based on themes addressed in the story, story elements, or events from t he plot.
Since Gordon Korman’s novel SCHOOLED is one of my favorites for middle graders, I thought I would write about some follow-up topics that come to mind for this fun novel with its 60s vibe.
- Ask students why they think outsiders, such as Capricorn Anderson, are often treated so meanly when they enter a new school.
- What could be done to make school a more welcoming place for new students?
- What did Capricorn learn from his time at C Average?
- What did C Average learn from Capricorn?
Realistic or Not Realistic?
- Ask students whether they think the situation in Schooled could really happen? Have them explain the reasoning for their answer?
- Can they think of a similar situation that could actually happen?
- What are some of the realistic and non-realistic elements in the story?
- To compare life on Garland Farm with life at C Average Middle School, have students create a comparison chart that includes categories such as education, friends, clothing, food, etc.
- Follow up with a discussion or writing assignment about how Capricorn managed to find some common ground between those two very different places.
If you are looking for a ready-to-use novel study for SCHOOLED, you can preview mine at this link. This novel study includes text based chapter questions, two before-reading activities, three key idea and detail activities, two context clues activities, four inferencing activities, and a review card game. All of the questions and activities are written specifically for this novel.
In my TPT store, you’ll also find a free printable activity about metaphors in SCHOOLED. Check it out too!
Materials for SCHOOLED:
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