Amplify ELA’s Novel Guides provide middle school teachers with flexible study guides for the books they most want to teach, some of which are available in the digital Amplify Library. Students focus on the strongest aspect of each novel as they explore and analyze key themes.
As opposed to the complete lessons, these guides provide students with lean, targeted instruction that follows Amplify ELA’s pedagogy as they explore great literature.
The diverse selection of books in this series presents a range of genres and themes, from mystery to nonfiction and from social justice to identity and courage. Students explore classics and contemporary award winners, expand their literacy skills, and discover the rewards that come with close reading compelling texts. The Novel Guides are designed to be used flexibly and offer suggestions for implementation.
All Novel Guides are housed in the Amplify Library as downloadable and printable PDFs. They include student worksheets and instructions for the teacher to guide their students through a close read of a passage, and all the way to the end of a book.
Novel Guides available
📘 Full text also available in Amplify Library
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 📘
The Call of the Wild by Jack London 📘
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanha Lai 📘
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie 📘
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson 📘
Hidden Figures (Young Readers Edition) by Margot Lee Shetterly, Bahni Turpin, et al. 📘
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle and Edel Rodriguez
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia 📘
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmerelda Santiago
The Watsons Go To Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice by Phillip Hoose, Channie Waites, et al.
Animal Farm by George Orwell