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Name That Chapter! Discussing Summary and Interpretation Using Chapter Titles

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Name That Chapter! Discussing Summary and Interpretation Using Chapter Titles

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology





  • Chapter novel with untitled chapters (e.g., To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, or Beloved). Chapters may be numbered or simply indicated by page breaks and white space.

  • Chart paper and markers, or chalkboard and chalk

  • For comparison, have sample chapter books that have chapter titles available (e.g., The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A Tale of Two Cities, or books from the Harry Potter series).

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