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Novel Jeopardy


  • Language Arts


  • 3-12

Brief Description

A Jeopardy-style game is a great way to review the novel students have just finished studying.


  • review a novel recently studied.
  • focus on important elements of that novel, for example, character, setting, plot, quotes, and so on. works as a team to win a game.


novel, game, Jeopardy, comprehension

Materials Needed

  • colored index cards or similar card stock

The Lesson

This lesson offers a fun way to wrap up study of any novel. It offers a way to review the most important aspects of that novel.

  • Review the novel students have read with an eye toward selecting appropriate Jeopardy game categories. Possible categories include action/plot, characters (or individual character names), quotations, suspense, setting
  • Skim the book to create and type questions for each category. Try to gather at least 10 questions for each category. Make sure you have a selection of easy and difficult questions.
  • Prepare number cards for each category. Number cards might be labeled 100, 200, 300 1000 points. Cards might be of different colors. Make a heading card for each category.
  • Arrange students into teams. You might have two, three, or four teams in all.
  • Let students take turns calling a category and point value; for example, Setting for 700 points.
  • At the end of the time period, the team with the largest number of points is the winning team.


Assessment is built into this game. You can observe who knows the answers and who doesn't.

Submitted By

Pauline Finlay, Holy Trinity Elementary School in Torbay, Newfoundland (Canada)

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