Inspired by the "Props" game from "Whose Line Is It Anyway," this 100 point group project is intended to take the place of an exam. Although originally assigned to advanced 8th graders, it may be used for regular level 8th grade as well as higher grade levels (perhaps not as an exam replacement, but more a fun project). This project includes one explanation and summary sheet per group (requirements described on handout) and a group performance. The grading criteria is on the handout.
The number of group members is at the teacher's discretion (although I used groups of 3 or 4), as well as which prop the groups will use. I provided the props.
The students must create a deleted scene that Mark Twain omitted from the story for whatever reason (which the students must explain). On the day the students perform their scene, the teacher will provide them with a prop (I used a random assortment of objects (7 sets), such as pool noodles, a foam frisbee, reeds used as house decor, etc...). The students must improvise to incorporate the prop into their already prepared scene in as many ways possible.
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