This assignment offers an easy-to-grade way to include more 21st-century skills in your classroom: creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, research, media fluency, and analysis.
Students are required to make connections between the texts studied in class, historical and cultural issues, and the present day. The ultimate product is a 15-20 minute presentation. This assignment came about as I searched for ways to make my American Literature class more relevant and for ways to engage my students. So far, this project has been a hit with the kids, and I have been very happy with the results.
This product is flexible. Although I use it for American Lit, it would work for any literature class at almost any level. I have included sample topics and books, but it's easy to add your own and adapt to your needs in the classroom.
--assignment sheet and some comments on how it has worked
--rubric for on-the-spot grading during the presentation