Are you bored of literature circle roles? Students not completing their assigned group readings?
I was too, hence why I created this resource! I've had some success with literature circles in the past, but with classes of students of various performance levels and work ethic, I decided to develop a more interactive project, rather than pesky role sheets.
The idea dawned on me just prior to beginning teaching Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi. I wanted students to get culturally rich texts that allowed them to discuss and open their perspectives, allowing them to share their new-found knowledge with their peers.
This assignment not only allows students to evaluate their own cultural values and beliefs, but they analyze a culture presented in a new text. The assignment instructs students to look at beliefs and customs, foods, music, etc., and evaluate how such reveals culture. Students must create a presentation (a minimum of 20 slides) that they have to deliver to their peers (which they worked much harder on than the role sheets).
I found great success with this project, so I hope you will too!
(It's a word document so that you can edit easily--I included the book list I used, but the books available in your district will obviously vary).