It is important for teachers to remove the study element and allow students to enjoy the book as the captivating teen romance novel it is. The book is purpose-written to catch teens so thoroughly in the novel’s suspense that they identify with Valeta and Edward in their overwhelmingly interrupted lives. Thus, you will let responsibility by “caught” more than taught.
Guiding their thinking with professionally written work sheets and tests, you help students understand what it means to develop authentic responsibility and an accompanying accountability. The history and geography of Hawaii, added to the culture of the islands stretches the learning across additional disciplines.
The teacher introduces the book with an anticipatory set. This is done by the teacher reading to the students just the book’s back-cover copy. Then, without any sort of input from teacher or students, ask students to write their present understandings of the character trait “responsibility.” Explain that you are not looking for a right or wrong answer. You just want to know what they understand at this point about this character trait.
Collect the definitions, and then direct the students to read and memorize the definition provided in the front of the book. They should keep reviewing it as they proceed through the novel.
You, as the teacher, should be careful not to discuss the book as students proceed. Hands-off is the key. You will want your students to immerse themselves in the book’s cliff-hanging events and experience the thrill of discovering as they read. Expect students to complete a section of the questionnaire at the end of each chapter, check and correct their own answers, and then continue to the next chapter.
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