This is a choose-your-own-adventure assignment that helps my students personalize their learning (and helps me hold them accountable and reward them for their work). Each activity emphasizes critical thinking, effective communicating, problem solving, and/or lifelong learning.
Like athletes and musicians, my students need to practice their skills on their own before showing up to practice or a big performance. This allows my students to get that kind of non-graded practice. They bring me their PYL projects, and I skim them and sign off of this single piece of paper while conferencing with the student. At the end of the grading period, I only collect the grade sheet (with nothing attached!) and give students credit for their work.
The download is a Word document, and you should feel free to edit it so that it fits your classroom's needs. This is the version that I use for my honors humanities class, but I use similar versions (with some omissions) for my college-prep English classes as well.
Some topics included: Independent Reading, book clubs, creative writing, writing conferences, grammar corrections, TED talks, and cultural experiences.