The Fault in Our Stars Novel Study

Our Newest Product: The Fault in Our Stars Novel Study

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We love reading all kinds of books and are big fans of John Green.

Green’s novel is elegantly plotted, and as sad in places as one might expect a book about adolescent cancer to be. But it’s also brimming with joy. Hazel and Augustus have a zeal for living and for each other that, cancer or not, is rare, and it’s a delight to see their plans unfold and relationship flourish even as they both face death.

He writes for youth, rather than to them, and the difference is palpable. He doesn’t dumb anything down. His language is complex, his syntax adult.


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The novel study for John Green’s novel, The Fault in Our Stars, includes a Discussion and Activity Guide, accompanying PowerPoint Presentation, a Literary Log for students, optional homework assignments, summative assessments and rubric, and bookmarks. The Discussion and Activity Guide is comprised of questions, prompts, and/or activities for each chapter and offers teaching suggestions, vocabulary, and suggestions for a variety of ways in which students might respond to prompts: Teacher-Led Discussion, Pair-Share, Write-Pair-Share-Class-Share, Individual Student Response, and Small Group Mini-Projects. Questions, prompts, and activities are designed to increase the relevancy of the novel and facilitate critical thinking. Many of the questions and prompts could be used for longer writing pieces or mini-projects. Teaching Notes are includes throughout the Discussion and Activity Guide—they are optional ideas or strategies to enhance teaching and learning.

Students like to talk and this guide engages and encourages discussion. It can be used with the whole class, small groups, individual students, or for teachers who choose to read aloud The Fault in Our Stars to students. An accompanying PowerPoint Presentation facilitates student activities and can be utilized by teachers or students. The Literary Log for students includes all the questions, prompts, and activities in both the Discussion and Activity Guide and PowerPoint Presentation. Graphics on both the PowerPoint slides and the Literary Log serve as visual clues; these graphics work especially well with students whose first language is not English or for students who are primarily visual. The Literary Log for The Fault in Our Stars can be used by a whole class as well as small group of students or individual students reading the novel independently.

There are nine optional homework assignments designed to enhance and extend the relevance of the novel. Homework assignments include: three Survey. Note. Conclude!; Self-Metaphor; Montage; Blog Entry; Obituary for Augustus; Author Analysis; and Word Analysis for Love.

Summative Assessments include 12 projects designed for a variety of learners as well as Blooming with Knowledge about The Fault in Our Stars, which includes 12 activities connected to Bloom’s Taxonomy. Each level includes two choices. You may elect to direct students to choose one activity from each level or allow students to choose any number of activities. The accompanying rubric can be used with both the Summative Assessments and Blooming with Knowledge. Reproducible bookmarks can be used to discuss bookmark quotes, form groups, or simply keep students’ place in the novel. Connections to best practice and the Common Core Standards is included.

This product includes:
• 42 page Discussion and Activity Guide for Teachers (PDF file)
• 1 page alphabetical list of vocabulary words
• 3 page group activity packet
• 9 page Optional Homework Assignments
• 3 page Summative Assessments and Rubric
• 3 page Connections to Best Practice and Common Core Standards
• 16 reproducible bookmarks with quotes from Fault

• 37 page Literary Log for Students (PDF file)
• 111 Slides PowerPoint Presentation (PowerPoint 2010 file)
• 23 page PowerPoint Outline Teacher Guide (PDF file)

Grade Level Appropriateness
Grades 9-12

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Additional Resources:

The book was inspired by the  real life story of Esther Earl. The Girl Who Inspired the Fault in Our Stars Her parents have started The Stars Won’t Go Out Foundation and have published a collection of Esther’s writings, “This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life & Words of Esther Grace Earl.”

This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl

Gr 7 Up—Through letters, journal entries, blog posts, stories, poems, and drawings, readers get to know the life and times of Esther Grace Earl, the young woman to whom John Green dedicated The Fault in Our Stars (Penguin, 2012). Although she died from cancer in 2010 at only 16, Esther (known affectionately as “Star” by her family) was a prolific writer, a “nerdfighter,” a “Harry Potter” enthusiast, and a deeply spiritual person. She inspired—and continues to inspire—several online communities and a dedicated Internet fan base. This unique title will be appreciated by fans of John Green and those looking for an uplifting and emotional tear-jerker.—Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal

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