One solution I arrived at with students reading Shakespeare and other complex
works was to ask them to create their *own* Cliffs Notes. (Interestingly,
first year I did this, a handful of students actually tried to plagiarize
Notes to complete this assignment, but just a handful.) I invented my own
and provided a lot of support along the way, but for the most part, students
really got into creating their own custom-made study guide which they could
use in future, more involved assignments. They did one guide per act, and
their responses then became springboards for our class discussion of the
In case anyone wants to take a look, I've attached a version I created when
read _The Crucible_ along with a sample I wrote myself for Act I.
- Cindy >>
Cindy, the attachment was garbled. Can you send it again? Nancy R. K.