Novel #8 Project
Use the new Chapter Summary/Character
Trait Analysis Form provided:
1. Chapter Summary: Who, What, When,
Where, Why, How?
▪ Tell what
happens in each chapter (conflicts and plot events).
▪ Tell about the setting if I need to know it to understand
the story (when, where, and customs).
▪ Tell who the
people are, why they do what they do
(motivation,) and how they do it.
2. Character Trait
▪ Choose something your main character does or says in each
chapter and decide what character trait that shows. Use the Sample Character
Traits list for suggested traits, or you may select others.
▪ Write: “(Character’s Name)
seems (character trait) when he/she (does or says what?)”
Example: “Alice seems mature when
she takes care of her little brothers while her mom is sick, even though she is
only ten.” (You might also say she seems compassionate or responsible.)
Complete one entry
for each chapter. If your book has more than 36 chapters, you may complete
an entry for every 2 chapters. For over 60 chapters, write one entry for every
For books without
with 120-195 pages, summarize every 10 pages
with 200-275 pages, summarize every 15 pages
with 280-360 pages, summarize every 20 pages
with 365-450+ pages, summarize every 25 pages.
When you finish your chapter forms, also complete the Character Change/Theme Form.
1. Analyze how your
character changes. Read back over your character trait analysis for each
chapter. Write a well-written paragraph explaining how and why your character
▪ What traits did he or she show in the first part of the
▪ When did he or she start to change? What made him or her
▪ What traits does he or she show at the end of the story?
2. Identify a theme.
Look at how and why your character changes. He or she has probably learned a
general insight or truth about life. That’s what a theme is: the deeper meaning
that is true for them and maybe for you, too. For your theme, write a sentence
that states something true about people or life that applies to the novel.
Consider what your character has learned or how he or she has grown.
Example: When good
people work together, evil can be defeated.
Example: Friendship is
more important than popularity.
impressions may be wrong and need to be re-evaluated.
Due Dates for Project:
Quarter 1 Chapter Summary/Analysis Forms due Thurs. May 2.
Quarter 2 Chapter Summary/Analysis Forms due Thurs. May 9.
Quarter 3 Chapter Summary/Analysis Forms due Thurs. May 16.
Quarter 4 Chapter Summary/Analysis Forms & Character
Change/Theme Form due Thurs. May 23.
Each week, turn in the entire project so far. Include
the completed Novel #7 Information Form, this assignment sheet, & all
Chapter Summary/Analysis Forms. For May 23, add the Character Change/ Theme
Form and a full-color, original illustrated Cover Page that captures the
tension of the climax of the story, includes the title and author, and has your
usual heading in the upper right hand corner.