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Novel News: Broadcast Coverage of Character, Conflict, Resolution, and Setting

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Novel News: Broadcast Coverage of Character, Conflict, Resolution, and Setting

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

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English



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This twist on readers theater invites students to prepare original news programs based on incidents in a recent reading. Along the way, students explore standard literary elements of character, conflict, resolution, and setting. After reading a book, students brainstorm the things that go into a news program. Then, in small groups, they produce news segments related to a novel read by all the group members. Finally, completed segments are performed for the class.

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  • Literary Elements Mapping: This online tool can be used by students to create a character map, conflict map, resolution map, or setting map, for stories they are reading or writing.

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Students can make great strides in their comprehension and use of literary techniques through involved classroom discussion. The challenge, however, is engaging students in discussions that move beyond simple restatement of facts and surface details. Readers theater can help meet this challenge. By immersing students in plans for their own version of the events in a reading, readers theater activities give students the chance to think about the ways that plot, character, conflict, resolution, and setting combine to create a story.

This lesson plan takes that a step further by asking students to do more than simply dramatize their version of the story. Students bring more complex analysis and imagination to this activity by combining readers theater with their knowledge of the news media.

Further Reading

This lesson was adapted from an idea by Evelyn Darden Floyd, published in Teaching Literature in High School: The Novel,  pp. 5-6 (NCTE 1995).

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