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Middle and High School students love parties! Here is a project that ties in with any reading. Although a novel or novelette works best because of the abundance of details and information, short stories can work, too.
For the latter type of reading, students might have to dive into their imaginations to create specifics that will match up with the text. That's a good thing, though, since higher-order thinking skills love to be exercised along with concrete reasoning.
A non-fiction personal narrative is also chock full of the elements of literature (characters, plot, conflict, setting, themes, symbols) and would be a good alternative choice. Besides, the Common Core Standards are looking for more non-fiction in the classrooms.
For "You are Invited!," students will choose the type of party, the guest list, and more using the information they have gleaned from a text that they have been studying in class or reading independently.
They will showcase their knowledge and comprehension through the invitation they design, the people they invite (as well as the reasons for their choices), five conversation topics that would occur during the party, who would be a part of these discussions and why, and their choices and reasons for the food, drink, music and entertainment.
Two pages of Teacher Notes are included as well as notes for the students to clarify what is required on various segments of the project. Students can use the method of their choice to create and design the invitation and other graphic elements. Three examples of sites with invitation templates are included.
This project allows students to exhibit their understanding of any text and the role that the elements of literature play in its structure by combining their creative and design skills with their understanding of the reading material.
The 16-page activity includes two blank slides for text and two for graphics so students can add any other elements teachers might require or that they choose to include on their own.
Isn't it time to party?
Note: The Great Gatsby (F.Scott Fitzgerald) was used only as a sample to depict what type of information should be revealed in the various project segments. Images and references to this book are merely for example purposes.
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