Engaging Activities for Teaching Any Novel in Verse

Novels in verse are perfect for the ELA classroom, whether you’re studying one as a whole class novel or facilitating book clubs or literature circles where students are reading different verse novels in small groups. These books are ideal because they are usually high-interest, accessible, and adaptable. Novels in verse truly hit the sweet spot of what English teachers look for in a “teachable” text: They are accessible enough to help struggling readers feel confident, but complex enough to add depth and challenge readers ready for more. The icing on the cake is that these books can be read quickly, so they can easily fit into your curriculum and work well when you’re short on time.

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