I think the key is letting them know the specific outcome. For Example, "How does the character change over time?" OR "How doe symbolism add meaning to the plot?" My students knew from day 1 that they were going to have to write an extended response and a character trait project. It provides guidance, which I feel they need. They used a character trait graphic organizer to take notes. Tomorrow, I am giving them an index card to fill in before the extended response: title, author, main characters' names (spelled correctly), setting, main conflict, etc. They can bring the index card and graphic organizer to class to write the extended response. ~Mary
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