This is the third year I have read The Hoopster with my freshman English class. As I planned The Hoopster unit, I created pre-reading, during-reading, and post-reading activities. Continue reading to see the activities I created for this unit, as well as other online resources for The Hoopster.
Peaceful conflict resolution is a skill that must be taught to students, who often would resolve conflict violently. Throughout the novel, Andre and his friends are confronted and have the choice to resolve conflicts peacefully. Sometimes a conflict is resolved peacefully, and other times it is not. A lesson on conflict resolution is very beneficial to students. Providing this lesson in advance gives students an understanding of particular characters’ reactions to the tense situations they find themselves in. Another reason I begin with this lesson is to provide background, so students can be critical of the ways characters react in the novel.
Download my conflict resolution lesson plan.
Download my conflict resolution PowerPoint presentation.
In addition to daily reading assignments, I also have students keep a journal. The journal entries are reflective in nature. Instead of just reading the material, I want students to reflect and apply the lessons from the novel to their lives. Journaling increases students’ ability to express themselves in writing. It also provides students a way to write creatively.
Download my daily journal guide for The Hoopster.
As students read the novel, I have them create character posters. Using Microsoft Publisher, students create a poster focusing on four characteristics the character possesses. The poster should include a picture as well as a quote from the character.
Download my character poster handout.
After reading The Hoopster, I usually have them write an essay discussing what they learned from the book and how they can apply the lessons Andre learned to their lives. This year I decided to give them a choice between three prompts for their essay. The prompts were:
Download my traditional essay handout.
This year I gave students the option of writing the traditional essay or completing a video or audio podcast. Students had to respond to one of the prompts through a video or podcast. Students had to use their voice and include images to support their viewpoint or ideas they wanted to express. If students chose to complete an audio podcast, they had to do more than just read the essay. I was a little disappointed in the number of students that selected this option. Most students told me that it was too much work and that they were more comfortable writing than completing a video or podcast.
Have you studied The Hoopster with your students? Do you do other novel studies? What activities have worked with your classes? Comment below.