This is a creative and fun project to get your French 4 students off to a good start (and it also helps you and them to ease into the new year). For this project I provide my students with 3-4 short stories or plays in French (not included) that they will work with. You could even use French children's books if you would like. Their goal is to rewrite the story in their own words while also changing at least 2-3 elements of the story. They have the option of writing a book or a play which they will then present to the class.
Including the revision process this project can easily take 3-5 days in all. You can also use it to help assess where your students need some extra help with their French without using a more traditional quiz or test. I've included grading criteria as well.