The close-reading envelope assignment is a great way to get students from all levels to focus on important themes, ideas, and character developments within a novel. Storyboarding the results can help take this strategy to a whole new level!
Teachers should hand out an envelope to each student that is only identified by a number. Inside the envelope, there should be index cards and a slip of paper that tells the student what his or her assigned topic is. This topic will be the student’s responsibility to track and report throughout the course of the chosen novel. The student will write the quote or a summary of where the example of their topic appears, and then an explanation of how the quote or summary relates to the topic.
With Storyboard That, the students can keep track of their findings visually, too. For each topic, have students visually depict a scene of their chosen example from the novel, and underneath, explain how it relates to their topic. Some topics to consider using for A Thousand Splendid Suns include:
An example of an Envelope Assignment for half of A Thousand Splendid Suns is depicted in the example storyboard.
Grade Level 9-10
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Close Reading Envelope AssignmentCommon Core Standards
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