This is a project idea for The Midwife's Apprentice. The overall objective is to get students to connect what they are reading with the outside world and to realize that good authors do not write in a vacuum. They write about the world around us and about topics that touch humanity.
I homeschool my 6th grade niece and used this project with her, but it can also be adapted to fit other levels or books. For example, I also had my regular level 9th grade literature classes do the same project on To Kill a Mockingbird. The projects came out looking really neat. The students got very creative.