Any Novel Novel Guide


If you want to pick your own novel to study then this resource is ideal.

  • You can decide what you want to study even when there is no study guide.
  • Your child will be given the tools for analysing novels based on setting, themes and characters.
  • Your child can work alone on the novel or you can do the study with them.
  • You will save money as this guide can be used for multiple novels.
  • You can pick writing assignments that suit various learning styles.
  • The resource is flexible. It can be done over a month or term.
  • You can help your child using the extra tips given in the teacher’s guide.

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PDF ebook: 60 Pages (includes a teacher’s guide & student guide)
Recommended Age: 11 to 17
Curriculum Suggestion: Year 6 to Year 10

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When I first saw this resource I was so excited! Finally something I could use to do a literature study of Australian and New Zealand novels.

It is such a practical, useful and reasonably priced resource that I was sure you would all want to have one. So, I asked Sheila if I could sell it to you and thankfully she agreed.

This resource is aimed at students aged 11-17years old. It is to be done over a four week period or spread over a term. The study is self directed but it also has a teacher’s guide and marking tool.

“I bought the Any Novel Study Guide from you at the beginning of the year and have found it very useful for my 12 year old to make the transition from straight narrations to more critical thinking/writing. Thanks for making it available :)” Melissa Homeschool Mum

From the Author

Hi! My name is Sheila Wray Gregoire, and I homeschool my two daughters, 14 and 11. And I love to read!

Any Novel Guide

And I wanted my children to love novels, too. But in my homeschooling we weren’t incorporating as many novels as we could because I could never get the study guides in time!

Or sometimes I’d want to read a novel with the girls, but I couldn’t find a study guide that was written for it. So we’d skip some of my favourite books.

But that wasn’t good enough! And now I’ve developed a totally new way of studying novels that will save you time, money, and stress!

Whenever I speak at homeschooling conferences, parents ask me, “how can we use more great novels in our curriculum?”

And for a while I was stumped. I, too, was tired of spending hundreds of dollars on novel studies, or looking fruitlessly for studies that just didn’t exist. I was tired of ignoring novels because I didn’t know what to do them. But I’m a writer. And I love books. And so I decided to do something about it!.

I Knew There Had to Be a Better Way!

  • I was fed up by the cost of curriculum to study novels.
  • I was discouraged because I’m not that organized. I wouldn’t always know what novels I wanted to study until that week, and then it was too late to order the study guides! I was frustrated by the fact that many of my favourite books didn’t even have study guides!
  • I was worried that my children would work through these study guides for specific books, but still not know how to transfer that knowledge to other novels. They knew how to study one book, but they didn’t know how to analyse any other novel.

So I took matters into my own hands and wrote my own study guide that can be used for any novel! It’s now available as an e-book download!

Announcing the Any Novel Novel Study Guide!

I wanted to create the easiest to use, best novel study guide you could buy that would give you maximum flexibility and maximum educational benefits!

  • Could be used for any novel.
  • Was flexible enough to work with any age group, from grades 6-12.
  • Took into account different learning styles and preferences.
  • Taught students how to really analyse novels, characters, themes and plots.

In this unique study guide, I teach students how to analyse novels while appealing to their own ways of learning and their own preferences in novels!

✓ Instead of spending hundreds of dollars over the school years of a student, spend less than $20–forever!
✓ Instead of being limited to novels with study guides, study any novel you–or your child–want!
✓ Instead of having to wait for the study guide to arrive, begin your novel study on a whim!
✓ Instead of limiting your child’s learning to one novel, teach them how to analyse ANY novel!
✓ Instead of having to buy different curricula for different age groups, find one that works with everybody!
✓ Instead of trying to find curricula to suit different learning styles, find one that offers different options for children to choose from!

What Can This Guide Do For You?

  • It can save you a lot of money
  • It can save you a lot of time
  • It can help your children learn more effectively about the different elements of a novel.

What Does the Any Novel Novel Study Guide Include?

  • Chapter by Chapter Exercises
  • Vocabulary
  • Theme Sheets
  • Step-by-Step guides to analysing Themes, Plots and Characters
  • Weekly Projects
  • All to be completed in a four-week cycle! Analyze eight novels a year easily using this study guide!

Click here to see 2 sample pages, featuring 4 out of 6 optional activities for one of the project days!

But Sheila,” you say. “My child hates to write!

Never fear. I have a child like that, too. And that’s why my novel study also includes:

  • Optional art projects
  • Maps, charts, and graphs
  • Timelines and diagrams
  • And other activities that use different parts of the brain!

And it really helps students learn how to analyse a novel!

So often, when students use a regular novel study guide (or no novel study guide at all), they do exercises that relate to that book only.

Because this novel guide is generic, we focus on the four main elements of a novel:

  • Character
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Setting

Students learn how to analyse all of these things, how they fit together, and the roles each play.

When they finish the novel study, they’ll know more about how a novel is put together. And they’ll be able to transfer that knowledge to other books! That’s why this novel study guide doesn’t replace traditional study guides–it’s actually superior!

If your child is:

  • Preparing for university
  • Yearning to write his or her own novel
  • Struggling with traditional writing exercises

This novel study guide can fill the gaps in your child’s learning!

  • It provides basic writing assignments to train in written communication.
  • Multiple choices of longer projects to do weekly, including art, charts, hands-on modeling, and more.
  • Language Arts curriculum, Composition Curriculum, Grammar Curriculum, and Art Curriculum, all at once!
  • It trains in literary analysis so that older children can prepare for university entry.

The novel study guide also includes:

✓Checklists for writing projects to remind students of good writing skills and grammar rules
✓An in-depth OPTIONAL marking scheme for parents to use to assign their child a grade.
✓A parents- guide, alerting you to special tips to help your children along.
✓Character and Theme charts for your students to fill in.

What more could you want in a study guide?

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Covering The Australian Curriculum

English Outcomes

  • Identifies the text structure of a wider range of more complex text types and discusses how the characteristic grammatical features work to influence readers’ and viewers’ understanding of texts.
  • Critically analyses techniques used by writers to create certain effects, to use language creatively, to position the reader in various ways and to construct different interpretations of experience.
  • Reads independently an extensive range of texts with increasing content demands and responds to themes and issues.
  • Uses a comprehensive range of skills and strategies appropriate to the type of text being read.

1 review for Any Novel Novel Guide

  1. Hi

    I ordered my copy of Any Novel Novel Study Guide last year for my older girls.
    So far both of them have completed two novel studies each. My eldest, Kidnapped and To Kill and Mockingbird, my second eldest, Wind in the Willows and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.
    I really wanted to let Sheila Gregoire know just how much it has been appreciated and implemented in our home. It is very thought provoking and full of interesting writing ideas. The girls have produced creative and excellent work. I have been so pleased.
    Thank you for putting this guide together. It is an excellent resource for homeschoolers. A real winner.

    I asked Alison how she used the guide.Michelle

    The girls started using the guide when they were 14 & 15. They started 2013. They worked entirely on their own. Set their own pace, decided what assignments to choose, etc.

    It was a guide and they didn’t feel strictly bound to it, therefore it served as a very good tool for covering many aspects of writing. It usually took them longer than 4 weeks. They followed each day’s ideas depending on how relevant the ideas were for using it with the book. For instance, my second eldest who did Wind in the Willows couldn’t always do the suggestions because they didn’t fit with the characters or events. I think the choice of book affects the benefits and results of your study.

    My eldest daughter, took 4 months to do To Kill a Mockingbird this year because the essays were so involved and she wrote long and thoughtful ones and had a great time doing it. As well, she did have other subjects that took up her time. Secondly, because she enjoyed this particular study so much, she created one or two of her own assignments as follows: – she discussed why Scout saw Boo and not Jem and a comparison/contrast of the book and movie.

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