Discussion Guide for Little Women

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Start with the question in mind with a discussion activity on Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. With four focus questions, note-taking prompts, and discussion points, readers practice answering thematic questions based on textual evidence.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Allow class members to choose one focus question on which to base their literature essays, using the quotes from follow-up questions as possible pieces of evidence
  • Project various parts of the novel onto the board to model annotation
Classroom Considerations
  • Questions are not listed in order of their appearance in the story
  • Provides guidelines, instructions, and examples of shared inquiry discussion
  • Incorporates note-taking skills into discussion activities
  • Promotes critical thinking and active reading
  • Strategies are applicable to other novels or stories
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