Create a Novel Study Guide
Next time your teacher assigns a novel, don't read it and forget it. Use these tips on how to study for a novel test to remember what you read and focus on characters, plot, and the literary devices used by the author. You can try one or all of the following:
Step 1) Make a Reading Journal
The easiest way to remember what happens in the book is to write a journal each time you read. You do not have to write pages and pages of detail. Find a mini-sized notebook. Each time you read, write down the pages read and then summarize the events. Right before the test, review everything you wrote. It is easier than re-reading the book before the test, plus writing down events after you read will help you to remember them later.
Step 2) Make a Plot Chart
Fill out a plot chart on the novel. The plot chart is in the shape of a volcano. Make sure to include exposition, rising action, the climax, the falling action and the resolution. Also, write down details or events that show parts of the plot.
* Exposition includes the setting and introduces the characters.
* Rising Action is the conflicts that arise before the climax.
* Climax is the turning point.
* Falling action is the events that happen before the resolution.
* Resolution is the ending.
Step 3) Chart the Characters
Make a list of characters. Beside each character, write a short description. Then make a four-box chart. Label each box:
* round character -- a character who is fully developed by the author and is multi-dimensional. The character's personality, background, motives, and other features are obvious
* flat character – a character who only shows one side and is not fully developed
* dynamic character – a character who changes
* static character – a character who does not change
Then, write down the character and description in the box chart. This is a great way to review characters and to understand the complexities of the characters.