Research has shown that student choice is essential in developing a lifelong love for reading. I have found this to be tricky in my AP Literature course where there is such a focus on collegiate-level literature and classical literature. I developed this free choice reading project to help address the need for student choice in the literature of the class while also giving the students yet another book which they can use for the free response section of the AP Literature and Composition exam.
This project is extremely versatile and can take a week to a month depending on the time you would like to give your students to complete their reading. I typically use it over Winter Break. It can be used in an AP Literature course, or in vertically aligned lead up courses to AP Literature to boost the number of books with "literary merit" in your student's arsenal.
Not only does it emphasize student choice in the texts offered, but it also allows students to play to their own strengths in regards to assessment. Students can show their knowledge through 1 of 4 equally challenging options which offer kinesthetic, cooperative, visually creative, and traditional essay assessment. Rubrics are provided for all assessments (except the essay) as well as a list of texts used on past AP Literature exams.
Note: With the exception of the book title list, all documents are .doc to allow for personalization to the needs of your class.