I'm looking to add some variety to my teaching strategies and mix it up a little. This is how I've always taught novels. - used a teacher guide, but skipped a lot of activities when time was an issue. In any case (even if I didn't have a teacher guide) I did the following: - every chapter had 10 vocabulary which were part of warm ups, and then were on the chapter quiz - we read the chapter, as a class, giving Class Dojo points for participation. This year I started doing some silent reading, I like how it worked out, I want to keep that here and there - we would always stop and clarify / discuss what we've read. Reading comprehension, and making inferences. - the next day we write a summary (I like this, but I might want to give it up, not sure. I think it's important for students to know how to summarize.) -if time allowed, went with the teacher guide which always focused on a certain concept, for example theme or characterization, etc. I think this is great, and I hate that a lot of times we had to skip it. - review and test. The test is always short answer (although sometimes I put some multiple choice about recalling facts from the book) and had higher level questions. Honestly I don't know any other way to teach a novel (I know, it's sad). This is my situation for the next semester: We'll be reading the book I am Malala. The book is 326 pages, which is ok, because it's an easy read. I'm actually pleased with it, because in the summer I bought a youth version, which is less than half in size, and I'm not sure, but I think the language is simplified, there were no vocabulary words to teach out of that. I want to read the book, as well as teach the background (geography, culture and politics of the area) and the issues it touches on, education, women's right, children's rights, etc. I know it's a lot, and I don't want to get carried away and read this book for 4 months. I haven't actually found a typical teacher guide, but I have seen plenty of sources about how to teach the book. I'm just looking for other ways to teach a novel, any novel. Thank you!