English 341: It’s Like This

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YA Novel Make Ideas

YA Novel Make Ideas

YA Novel Make Ideas (choose 1-2 things to do or come up with your own idea for a make)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

  1. Create a map of the different universes, planets, and settings within the narrative of Ready Player One. How do you envision the different worlds within OASIS? Take a photo of your finished drawing and share in G+
  2. Use our G+ community to find and share as many of the 80’s references as you can find. Upload links, images, video, etc. How does knowing more of these references change your experience of reading the book?
  3. Use the StoryCubes and play. Try using the characters from Ready Player One in your story.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

  1. Develop a photo and article collage from 1980’s publications highlighting some of the most notable hits by the bands mentioned in Eleanor & Park. Can you find any 1980’s articles about the bands? Share in G+
  2. Listen to a few of the songs on the list above. How does this shape your reading of the novel, knowing these songs?
  3. Create an updated playlist: what would Park put on a playlist now? Share a playlist with links to come of the song’s videos in G+

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

  1. Draw the town of Bone Gap. Why do you think it is called this? How is the town a character in the story?
  2. Do some searching for teaching resources for Bone Gap and share them in our G+ community.
  3. You might also look for reviews written about Bone Gap and link to those. Write your own short reflection and review in G+

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

  1. Write a letter to your 15 year old self. What would you say to her/him about conforming or identity? What would your 60 year old self tell your current self? 
  2. Get creative and remix the materials from my past students to make your own representation of Stargirl. Take a photo and share in G+

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

  1. Consider finding some supplementary resources that would be helpful for understanding ideas in the book: Don Quixote, Schrodinger’s Cat, Greutzfeldt-Jacob disease aka Mad Cow disease. How might a deeper understanding of these references influence how you read the book? Post links and resources in our G+ community.
  2. Draw your interpretation of a scene from the novel or a character. Share on G+
  3. Check out these discussion questions from the author’s website and choose a few to talk about.




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