These instructions are what I give to my students for the culminating character growth assessment. The "Textual Evidence" worksheet can be purchased separately. The "Evolution of Dill" picture is an actual poster I made as an example of the project. I display this in the classroom while the students work on theirs because the instructions are dense. Overall, students will need about 4 hours of class time for this group project, with only the writing component assigned as homework.
This projects asks students to chronicle the character development of either Jem of Scout. Students must choose two character traits of that character from both the beginning and end of the novel. Then, students must choose three events that caused that character to change. Students will support all of their assertions with textual evidence. Typically, I have students create a tree ring poster for this project. The writing component is optional for teachers, but I mandate it for my students in order to ensure that they are analyzing and making sense of their assertions and evidence. In order to complete this project, students need to have read TKM in its entirety.
The poster is something I have students do on a large sheet of butcher paper. When I do this project, I hand-draw the tree trunk and I have it blown up onto large paper at kinkos in order to maximize class time. With groups of 3-4 and a class size of 36-40, this can get expensive (about $35 for 12-13 posters). Feel free to have students draw their own trunks onto the butcher paper, but realize that this does take about 20-25 minutes away from the project itself.