Students create "Ponyboy's Life Lessons" scrapbook. They write 3-4 paragraphs on key lessons (themes) situations and characters taught Ponyboy. For example, Topic 2: How did Ponyboy's opinion of the Socs change at the end of the book? They must use an MLA cited quote from the novel to support their opinion. This project package contains the student assignment handout, a student friendly rubric for self assessment, key quotes for all 7 themes, paragraph outlines/checklists and a handout on how to cite in MLA.
I have used this successfully at the Grade 8 level but it can be adapted above and below, and would work with any novel.