Facilitate creativity, critical thinking, self-regulation, and self-assessment and reflection! Yes, you can help students acquire such skills while at the same time demonstrating understanding of more traditional knowledge and skills taught during a novel study.
This document includes the following:
- 9 final projects connected to different Multiple Intelligences (MI)
- Rubric for the projects both the teacher(s) and student(s)
- Post-project reflective essay and rubric to help the students think about how they learn and to better inform their decisions on future projects
Many of these ideas are applicable for a wide-range of students (standard classroom, ESL/EFL, special needs, gifted and talented) and grade levels. Also, these can easily be used for adult learners and even perhaps in higher education courses that promote student creativity.
With the upper-elementary students I use these projects, rubrics, and reflection over and over again through a school year. The students enjoy the flexibility to be creative in showing what they know about a novel and exploring themselves as a learner. The projects allow students to make choices about doing projects individually vs. in groups, as well as choosing project types they feel they can accomplish well or project types that stretch themselves as learners. I have been pleased by how often students make different choices (based on their reflection from the last novel project) each time we finish another novel.
I hope you find these materials helpful in facilitating creativity, critical thinking, self-regulation, and self-assessment and reflection!
(Note: If you bought the document for the Woodsong final projects or the bundled project/assessment document you do not need to purchase this. You can make some simple tweaks to the language in those other documents and re-use it for other novels. If you bought the Tuck Everlasting final projects or bundled project/assessment document, this document includes much of that same information and three additional project ideas.)