Say goodbye to boring book reports! This resource will allow your students to demonstrate their knowledge of their books in fun and interesting ways - and it's so much more fun to teach as well! I love using this project for their independent reading books, although it would work perfectly fine with a whole-class novel. You can also use the resource multiple times in the same school year, allowing students to select new project options each time!
Students choose from 14 different project options. Most projects can be completed either alone or with a group. Students also use the included template to create their own rubric for how they want to be graded. There is a sample rubric included in the resource detailing how a student could create a rubric to grade an Instagram account. I've discovered that providing my students with this relatable example helps them conceptualize how they would like to be graded. I love having my kids create their own rubrics - they'll never look at a rubric the same way again! You could easily substitute a rubric of your own if you prefer.
Typically, this project will take my English Language Arts middle school students 5 days to complete.
Sample schedule (1 hour classes)
Day 1: Choose a project and a partner. Go through sample rubric. Begin drafting rubric.
Day 2: Finish drafting rubric and get feedback. Begin project work.
Days 3-4: Project work time.
Day 5: Project presentations.
* Project assignment sheet, including purpose, task, options, and a space for notes
* Blank rubric template
* Sample rubric