Writing Ideas before Starting Novel
Writing prompts for Where the Red Fern Grows can be creative, fun and thought provoking for students. The novel was written by Wilson Rawls in 1961 and is still a favorite of upper elementary and middle school students.
Complete Small Research Project & Poster
Before beginning the novel, students can research the following topics:
- Redbone coon hounds
- Ozark Mountains
- Eastern Oklahoma
- Western Arkansas
- Bluetick coon hounds
- Events in 1913
These topics relate to the setting, time period, and animals in the novel. Other topics can be added to the list.
Step 1: Place students into paired groups and then allow the groups to choose a topic.
Step 2: After the topic is chosen, students need to individually write what they already know about the topic.
Step 3: In their paired groups, students need to complete research on what they do not already know. Each small group needs to find five interesting facts about the topic. They need to keep track of their sources so that they can complete a bibliography, works cited or reference page. The teacher will need to decide how students will cite their sources. This list will need to be attached to the back of the poster.
Step 3: After students complete their research, they will need to take information and create a poster.
Items needed on the poster:
- Title of the book
- Author's name
- Five interesting facts
- One or more photos or designs
The students need to creatively place all of the items on the poster. The poster needs to be neat and colorful. In addition, the content needs to be correct.
Step 4: When the students have completed the poster, they will need to come up to the front of the room and present it to the class.