On Becoming a Novelist Fun Activities

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The 20 enjoyable, interactive classroom activities that are included will help your students understand the text in amusing ways. Fun Classroom Activities include group projects, games, critical thinking activities, brainstorming sessions, writing poems, drawing or sketching, and more that will allow your students to interact with each other, be creative, and ultimately grasp key concepts from the text by "doing" rather than simply studying.

1. Gardner's Novels

Give students the opportunity to read, outside of class, one of Gardner's novels. They should write a review of the work and detail how the author's techniques from On Becoming a Novelist are enacted.

2. Write a Poem

When discussing the different qualities of language, students should write a poem which exercises these techniques.

3. Criticism

Students should take time to research criticism directed toward Gardner and his techniques and write a comparative essay on it.

4. Inspirations

Students should research the biography of Gardner's life...

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