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There is no book that I have found that generates student interest than The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. You know the students I teach - seniors who have given up on the thought of enjoying a book, struggling with reading, generally ready to be done with school to start a life that will never ask you to find the symbolism in that chapter - yet, this book has them reading ahead on their own time, jumping into class discussion, and getting passionate in class. If you don't know why you should be teaching this book, read this and come back. I'll wait.
What I have done is to break down this book chapter-by-chapter. This is not a book summary. This is a guide to how to teach it. Each chapter has my what-to-look for moments, what to emphasize, a heads up on what may throw off a student, how long it takes to read it aloud, which chapters work best read aloud, and along the way, I throw in fourteen activities - some in class, some for students to do on their own. The students will immerse themselves into the games that Christopher plays, find the constellation he looks at, make predictions, read parts, and learn a quite a bit about how to treat others who are different.
It is exactly how I have taught this book for years, tweaking and adding along the way. If you teach high school kids, especially ones who do not believe reading can be an enjoyable experience, YOU NEED TO TEACH THIS BOOK! And this guide will help you to do it.
And, in case you want the whole deal, you can get the Unit pack that includes:
- Chapter-by-Chapter Guide (with the 14 activities)
- Pre-Reading Activity
- Questions for every chapter
- Tests (both paper and online)