Have you read a good novel in your classroom? Do you use differentiated Literature Circles in your classroom? Want an easy and fun culminating novel project that the students will enjoy? Then check out this Gift Bag Group Project and Presentation.
This product has all the work done for you. It allows the students to read a novel and then present that novel to the class using a gift bag, and "props".
After reading and discussing the novel, the students are to find 5 "props" around their home, etc. that represent aspects of the story. They can explain the setting, certain characters, events, etc. The catch is that the "props" have to be actual items placed in the bag. They can not be drawn or printed from the computer. Students complete a story map and the students then present the "props" and a summary of the novel to the class. They must explain the significance of each "prop" and how it relates to the story.
I have done this project with my 6th graders in the past and they LOVED it! They loved the fact that they got to decorate the gift bag and search for items that represent the story. Some of them were VERY creative!
* I used it as a differentiated project. I gave different novels to differentiated reading groups based on reading levels.
* This project can be done with a novel that you may be reading as a whole class as well. You could divide the class into chapters after reading it together. Each group would then be responsible for a summary of those chapters and "props" that relate to them.
* I also made this a book report project one year and the students read a book of their choice and gave an individual presentation.
THIS PROJECT IS MULTI-FUNCTIONAL!