This is one of my favorite assignments of the year. I assign each student a chapter from the novel, which is a collection of short stories with reocurring characters. Each student is then responsible for giving a 18-22 minute presentation on the chapter that involves an opening, a short quiz, a lecture/discussion, and a conclusion.
I've used the same assignment with Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio. Any collection of short stories such as House on Mango Street and even The Things They Carried (even though it's technically a novel) could work.
Directions and a rubric are included. Please see my model teacher presentation on "Every Little Hurricane" as a companion piece to this product.