Build stamina, confidence, critical thinking
Ariel Sacks is a 7th grade English teacher in Brooklyn, N.Y. She writes about her experience of using "Whole Novel Study" rather than chopping books into bite-sized pieces...
"Leading a whole-novel study is like throwing a boomerang. If the boomerang is carved well, and I aim it properly, it will take a journey and come back to me. If the literary work is artfully written and meaningful to students, and I support the class well, they will arrive at all the learning objectives I am responsible for teaching and then some. What's more is that they build stamina, confidence, critical thinking, and the habit of reading whole books by themselves.