This Independent Fiction Reading Project for Grades 4-8 includes a 32-page teaching resource file and 2 2007 PowerPoint templates for student use. *This project is appropriate for college level developmental reading classes.
Students will select a grade appropriate "just right" book to read independently, then complete the project pages where they will cite their book using MLA format, write a one sentence summary, identify the theme, write 3 personal responses, and a character analysis.
There are 6 scripted mini-lessons included in this project:
Lesson 1: Readers will select a "just right" fiction book.
Lesson 2. Readers will create an MLA citation for their book.
Lesson 3: Readers will write three personal responses.
Lesson 4: Readers will write a one sentence summary of the book.
Lesson 5: Readers will identify the theme of the story.
Lesson 6: Readers will write a character analysis.
Handouts, examples, and activities are provided. A complete sample of a reading response and character analysis is included (using The Giver by Lois Lowry).
On Day 1, you will teach lesson one and help students select a book (a trip to the library is recommended). You will also distribute copies of the project pages where they will complete their work.
On Days 2-6, you will teach the rest of the mini-lessons which are designed to help students complete their project.
It's recommended that you give students three to four weeks to read the book and complete their project. A project rubric is included.
In addition, you have two optional projects that you can assign:
Optional Project 1: Independent Reading Project PowerPoint Book Talk Presentation - Students will use the provided PowerPoint template to create a book talk presentation that they will give to the class. Student instructions, PowerPoint template, and rubric are included.
Optional Project 2: Vocabulary Project - Students will select 10 words from their book to define. They will use the provided PowerPoint template to type their definitions, the sentence in context, and an original sentence. They will also add a free, public domain image (www.pixabay.com is recommended) that relates to their word. They will print their project off as a handout to turn in (two pages). Student instructions, PowerPoint template, sample handout, and rubric are included.
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