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How to teach a novel

Teaching a Text - What to Cover - A How-to Guide for Teachers


Grab this editable guide to teaching any text.  It covers the elements of literature, close reading, language and structural techniques, purpose, perspective, how to write about a text and more.  Perfect for overwhelmed teachers who love reliable go-to guides.  Wee tips along the way, plus actionable ideas to leverage critical thinking with Mātauranga Māori,  and aspects from te ao Māori, make this guide truly comprehensive for kiwi teachers.


This resource includes:

⭐ An editable teacher booklet (see formats below) that covers:

  • Traditional elements of texts - main ideas, characters, setting (physical, political, social, cultural), plot, symbolism, quotations (and how students can embed them in their writing).
  • The 'other' angle - the 'what', the 'how' (structural and language techniques) and the 'why'.
  • Close reading (a bit about vocabulary and reading on, between, beyond and behind the lines)
  • Writing about texts (annotating texts, discussing the effects of techniques, aspects working together, thinking critically, responding to texts, literary merit).
  • The different approaches you could take to planning (just a few thoughts).


You'll enjoy:

❤️ The editability of this document - make it your own over the years ahead!

❤️ Actionable steps to help you embed Mātauranga Māori and elements from te ao Māori in your units.

❤️ Tips to avoid you and your students falling into common little traps!

❤️ Infographics that help explain aspects.

❤️ Clickable table of contents, 'home' button on each page, and hyperlinks to help with navigation.

❤️ Having an easy-to-follow guide that saves you having to think of everything!



🖥️ Microsoft PowerPoint, resized to an A4 page.   This means your resource: 

  • Is completely editable.
  • Will easily upload to your Google Drive if you prefer the Googley suite.
  • Is printable 📃

🖥️ A PDF version


Also helpful are these related products:

 Novels - click here

✅ Short texts - click here

✅ Podcasts - click here

✅ Films / Documentaries - click here

✅ Close reading - click here

✅ The Power of the SETTING - click here



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  • Sharing/Copying this Resource

    Feel free to purchase just one for your department - no need for a copy for each teacher.  However:

    • Please do NOT share with the school down the road. 
    • Please do NOT take it with you to a new school.
    • Feel free to suggest the website to others - that'd be great!

    That's pretty fair I think!  Let's help each other out.  :)

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