The "ebony phoenix" mentioned in the opening of this novel guides us in the project. Students use the life cycle of the mythical phoenix as a representation of what the characters experience in their own lives. By selecting one character, they create a phoenix life cycle in the method of their choice (poster, 3-D items, etc.). Some cycles perhaps only have two movements; some cycles may make multiple runs through the life cycle. A great project to motivate students to really analyze a character closely.