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I Remember That Book: Rereading as a Critical Investigation

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I Remember That Book: Rereading as a Critical Investigation

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Seven 45-minute sessions, plus additional writing time
Lesson Author

Tom Lynch

New York, New York


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives


Teacher Resources




  • Chart paper

  • Colored pencils

  • Computers with Internet access

  • One classroom computer with overhead projection capability or overhead projector and transparencies (optional)

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Graphic Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Graphic Map

The Graphic Map assists teachers and students in reading and writing activities by charting the high and low points related to a particular item or group of items, such as events during a day or chapters in a book.


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  • Rereadings: Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Love edited by Anne Fadiman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005) (optional)

  • In the Middle: New Understandings About Writing, Reading, and Learning by Nancie Atwell (2nd ed., Boynton/Cook, 1998) (optional)

  • Bridging English by Joseph O. Milner and Lucy F.M. Milner (4th ed., Prentice Hall, 2008) (optional)

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1. Familiarize yourself with the concept of rereading and why it is valuable. The article cited in the Theory to Practice section offers valuable insights, as does the book Rereadings: Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Love edited by Anne Fadiman.

2. Read the two sample essays to get a sense of what your students will be producing. Print enough copies of the essays so that there is one for each student in your class.

3. Visit and familiarize yourself with the Graphic Map online tool. You may choose to use this tool with students during Session 2. If you do, and you do not have classroom computers with Internet access, reserve your school's computer lab. Bookmark the tool on the computers students will be using.

4. Review the Sample Rereading Essay Rubric and think about how it might be best modified for use with your students. You might also want to arrange to use a computer and projector or create an overhead transparency of it so that you and your students can work on revising it together.

5. Prepare to modify this lesson plan to suit your students' learning styles or to make it more research oriented. For example, you might ask students to use the Internet to research the authors whose books they are reading.

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