The Novel Lapbook Project is a fun way for students to “show what they know!” This is a versatile project that can be used for ANY book—whole class, small groups, independent books of differentiated levels, etc. I have also included a page designed specifically for “classic books”—the books that were written well before your students were born but are still favorites (like Tuck Everlasting or The Twenty-One Balloons.)
Each page, which is aligned with Common Core standards, has detailed instructions. In addition, there are overall directions and a rubric, which can be used for assessment, for each version.
The topics that are included are:
1) Drawing an illustration for the cover
2) Writing a summary of the novel that is free from personal judgment
3) Analyzing the changes a character undergoes in the novel
4) A study of new vocabulary words from the story
5) A recommendation: Was the book a thumbs up or a thumbs down?
6) Determining (and supporting with evidence) the theme of the novel
7) Finding a sentence from the novel that is essential to the plot
or making an argument as to why a classic novel is still relevant today.
I have used this with great success in my 6th grade classroom and I hope your students will enjoy it as much as mine have!