If you have taught Beloved by Toni Morrison, you know it's an amazing work of literature and likely the most complex novel you will teach to students. To help my students think more deeply about each part of the novel, I created a Parts Cover Contest. I am placing this resource on TPT because it was successful and I saw my students work, discuss and demonstrate a better understanding of the text. It's a student-centered approach, so once the activity gets started, just walk around and listen.
What you need? My school is 1:1 so my students used Google Slides to create their covers and post their reflections. I recommend one slide be the cover and the following slide be the reflection. Some students opted to use paper and markers and then upload their creation to the slide. You don't really need technology, but I placed all the entries into one slide presentation and shared the file with my students to use for review and to announce the winner by placing a picture of a blue ribbon on the winning slide. I teach three AP Lit. classes so I chose a winning design from each class and then a grand prize winner.
Although my students loved the design process, I stressed to them that the second component, the reflection, counted just as much as the design. I told them that if I think there is a tie with the design, I look to the reflection to decide who the winner is. Thus, they had better pay attention to grammar and spelling errors because those count against the group's entry.
Finally, for each Part contest (1,2,3) I created a different focus. For example, Part 3 asks for a cover that prepares the reader to meet Ella in the final section because my students often don't recognize she is a foil for Sethe. Of course, you can always tweak it the way you want to! Concerning time, I gave my students 1 hour to complete each Part Cover and submit. They didn't seem rushed, but they worked steadily.
To conclude, this has been a very successful activity because it allows different students to shine--my design kids, my writers, my thinkers, and my illustrators.
**PAGE Numbers are for 2004 Beloved--the one with the red cover.**