This is a summative project which can be started during or after reading of the novel. It allows students to respond to and dig more deeply into the material of the novel. Most importantly, it is an alternative to the boring book report that so many of us grew up with.
Students are tasked with creating a scrapbook of novel, focusing upon six different sections: Character, Setting, Twelve Diary Entries, Themes, Symbol, and Vocabulary. In creating a scrapbook they are using their creativity to demonstrate their understanding of the novel through the written word as well as visual representation. Students will be empathizing with the characters of their choosing, making connections (text-to-self, text-to-world, text-to-text), and demonstrating what they have learned as it pertains to literary terms.
The delivery of this assignment only takes about 20 minutes; however, I find that when I teach the novel, we come back to this assignment time and time again, as we star things during our reading/discussions that will be useful to our scrapbooks. In my class, students typically spend 25-30 minutes every few days working on their scrapbooks in class, which is why I listed the class time as two hours. More or less can be afforded to them, as needed.
This project yields some fantastic results and the assessment is both fun and easy. It becomes very clear which students have read and understood the novel, and which students have not. Their favourite part is that they come away with a unique work-product and not "another boring old essay." I hope you find it as useful and refreshing to your teaching as I do to mine.