Lesson plan The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon.
The outline and lesson plans are constructed for six lessons which are 90-120 minutes long. For shorter lessons the planned content needs to be spread out over two or more lessons. The instuctions can be downloaded as a pdf INSTRUCTIONS_ Reading fiction_The Curious Incident_outline_lessonplan or read online. Each lesson will also appear as a post here on this blog which links and embedded resources.
I. Themes: 101 Common Book Themes
II. The teacher ask students to explain what a theme is. It is essential for writing about themes that you understand the concept.
III.Identifying the Theme in Literature
EXTRA FILM: How to find a theme
IV. Group activity – Discuss in groups of 3-5 students. (The teacher will construct the groups). As preparation each student has finished reading the book.
– What themes can you see in your book?
– Give 3-5 examples from the text to support the themes you have found inte the text.
Hand in: Either take notes or make a recording of your discussion and hand in before the end of the lesson.
VII. Students start writing the final text in class, where the teacher can give immediate feedback and help with clarifying instructions.
Homework 6: Final text. Write a book report (600-800 words) using the instruction How to write a book report. In your text you should also discuss themes (support your discussion with examples from the text) and finish by stating your own opinion. This text will be graded (A-F).