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You’ve read a classic novel. You’ve learned about the plot, the setting, the characters, the author, and even the time period in which the novel takes place. Now find out what other people have to say about the novel you’ve read and/or its author.
One of the best places to look is at the bottom of your novel’s Wikipedia page. You can find links to resources that may even be educational.
If that’s not helping, try to google your author and/or novel title. You may even find essays other students have written about your book.
For this journal, summarize some of the information and/or opinions you discover in your web search. List five ideas that hadn’t already occurred to you about your novel and/or its author. Don’t forget to mention your title and author. Here’s an example:
I’ve finished reading Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Here are five things I learned today that surprised me:
- It appears this novel is not in copyright, according to California Digital Library’s web site, and I found its Kindle edition is free on amazon.com, so that must be correct.
- There’s a seafood restaurant chain called “Long John Silver’s” and it’s named after the antagonist in my book.
- The film version that I love best, starring Charlton Heston and Christian Bale is no longer in print, and it has never been released in DVD form–which lots of Amazon customers have complained about. It has a five-star rating on amazon.com, even though it got some bad reviews when it first came out in theaters.
- Some real locations lay claim to being the inspiration for Stevenson’s setting. Norman Island in the British Virgin Islands, for example, may have inspired Stevenson, because his uncle supposedly told Stevenson stories about it when he was just a kid. Llandoger Trow is an inn in Bristol which claims to be the origin of the Admiral Benbow Inn.
- The name of Israel Hands was taken from an actual crew member aboard the real pirate Blackbeard’s ship. The real Israel Hands was shot in the knee by Blackbeard, to keep his crew afraid of him!