Finishing your study of The Scarlet Letter with this series of differentiated project prompts will give students a chance to shine by choosing the project that suits their talents. Makers can construct a miniature set for a theatrical version of the book, artists can create a graphic novel, musicians can create a playlist, researchers can produce a magazine, etc. Students will be more likely to excel when given the chance to choose a project they really enjoy.
I always hand this project out when we still have a week or two of reading left, so students can begin thinking about what they want to do. Then as we finish the book I provide at least two in-class workshops for students to begin work and ask me questions. It is a good idea to let them see the rubric at this time, either printing it out for them or projecting it during class.
This project series lends itself well to a final showcase in class. On the day the projects are due, if you have time, give students twenty minutes to display their projects and walk around to see each other’s. Have them fill out the “Hey, I like your project because…” forms. This helps students stay focused and really look at each other’s projects during the showcase instead of just walking around for a minute and then talking to their friends. If you want, you can count up the votes from the forms and announce winners in each category, reading some of the nice things said about the projects aloud. I sometimes bring in food and play music during an event like this to make it an extra fun day in class.
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