On this page you will learn about a Strategy for Reading Novels.

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This strategy is what you should use when you read a novel. This strategy consists of finding the Characters, the Setting, the Time, the Problem, the Events, and the Solution. These are the steps to follow:

1. Characters
Characters are what you look for first while reading a novel. Find the main characters and secondary characters. The main characters are introduced first most of the time. They are the most important characters and would probably be mentioned most throughout the book. The secondary characters will be introduced sometime later in the book, but isn't as important as the main characters.

2. Setting
The setting is what you look for after you find the characters. The setting is where the story takes place (Exp. Forest, mountains, Europe...). Sometimes there are more than one setting. The setting is usually introduced very early in the story.

3. Time
The time is the the third thing you look for. The time is when the story takes place. The time could be long ago (Exp. 1963), or very recently (Exp. 2005). The time is usually also introduced really early in the story.

4. Problem
The problem is what you look for fourth. The problem usually grows from a conflict in the story (Exp. A fight, an accident...). The problem is usually formed between the main character(s) and another character(s). The problem could also be formed from a circumstance, like a hurricane or a war.

5. Events
Events are what you look for fifth. Events are attempts to solve the problem in the story. The story usually holds a number of attempts to solve the problem before the solution is revealed. Events make up most of the story.

6. Solution
A solution is the last thing you should look for in the novel. The solution is how the problem is solved or brought to an end. The solution is usually revealed near the end of the story if not the end. Sometimes the solution will even be at the last page, or even the last paragraph!

If you are an Auditory Learner...
  • you could whisper the characters, setting, time, problem, events, or solution everytime you find one aloud.
  • listen to a tape to help you find the characters, setting, time, problem, events, or solution.

If you are a Tactile Learner...
  • you could write down the characters, setting, time, problem, events, or solution when you find it.

If you are a Visual Learner...
  • you could picture what's happening in your mind and try to find the characters, setting, time, problem, events, or solution.

These are the steps you should follow if when you want to read a novel. These steps might just make the story a little more interesting!