This is a project that I upgraded to fit our work with the novel Dragonwings. We have been practicing ACE responses, which heavily focuses on Answering the question, Citing strong evidence to back up the answer, and Explaining how the evidence matches the answer.
I wanted a culminating project that addressed ACE responses as well as some relevant themes from Dragonwings: Friendship, Dreams, and Principles ("Superior People").
Students use a paper kite template (cut from 12x18 construction paper) to cut out their own kite (like the kind Windrider would make) and divide the kite in half. The students choose one of the three themes that they'd like to write about. On the left side, the students provide an ACE response to the question. On the right side, the students provide a personal response to the question (also related to the theme).
A rubric is included and fully editable. 2 sample images of completed kites are also included.