As the culminating assessment for our Literature Circle, you will be asked to demonstrate your understanding of the book by selecting one of the following creative products to complete. When selecting your project, keep this advice in mind
- Even though certain projects may appeal to you, remember to make sure the project you choose will work well with the book you read.
- In addition, your project should clearly demonstrate your thorough knowledge of the book, it's characters, plot, setting, theme, symbols, and POV.
- Finally, all products should be presented in a polished and professional manner.
Character Astrology Signs
After reading brief descriptions of the astrology or sun signs, decide which signs you think three of the main characters in the book were born under. For each character include:
- The character's name
- The astrological sign with an image
- A list of 3-4 character traits associated with the astrological sign
- A daily horoscope for the character based on the events in the novel.
- Write an explanation of why you think the character fits the sign, drawing on his or her actions, attitudes, conversations, and thoughts from the book.
Critique from the Point of View of a Specific Organization
Select an organization that might have a lot to say about the actions of portrayals of characters in the novel you read, and write a 250 word critique of the book from its point of view. For example, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals might have a lot to say about the treatment of animals in 101 Dalmatians. The critique should include an introduction, body paragraph, and conclusion, be written from the point of view of the organization, and make specific references to the novel.
From all the movies you've seen in the last couple of years, pick five you would recommend that your character see. Give a brief summary of each movie and explain why you think the character should see it. Use examples from the book you read and the movies to support your explanations. Present your recommendations in an essay form with an introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion.
After reading the book, figure out how you would divide the book into 3-5 sections. Then select a piece of music that you think captures the feel or tone of each section. Using Movie Maker or PhotoStory, record the pieces over images that represent the sections of the book. Use either voice-overs or captions to explain what is happening during this section and why you felt this piece of music fits the section of the novel.
Think about all the kinds of mementos you would put in a scrapbook. Then create a ten item scrap book for a character from the book, cutting out pictures from magazines, printing out images, or drawing the mementos he or she would have in a scrapbook. Include a written caption under each item explaining its significance to the character and connecting it to an event or character in the book.. You may present your scrapbook pages on paper or electronically. Think about Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. She would probably have something in her scrapbook to represent her brother Jem, her friend Dill, the snowman they built, Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson's trial. The website Glogster
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Choose a character from the novel and create a ten song play list for his or her iPod. Identify each song and its artist. In a 5-7 sentence paragraph, explain why each song would be one the character would relate to. Use lyrics from the songs and textual evidence from the novel to justify your choices.
Character Alphabet Book
Choose characters, events, symbols, and settings from the novel and create sentences based on the alphabet scheme (A-Z) that demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the character. For each letter include a representative image along with the sentence. Create a cover for your book. You may present your book on paper or electronically.
Create a facebook profile page for a character from the novel. Included on the profile page should be activities, interests, favorites – books, movies, quotations - character profile, employment, profile picture, albums, and The Wall posts – what would other characters from the novel post on your character’s Wall? You do not have to create the page online, but can create the page as a paper copy.
Design a restaurant based on your book. Choose the type of restaurant – fast food, family style, gourmet. Also create the name of the restaurant, its interior design and decoration, and three items from its menu. Explain your choices and how they relate to your book.
Select five current news or feature stories from online or print newspapers or news magazines that you think your character would be interested in. Provide a copy of the article with an explanation of how your character would respond to each of the stories and the opinions you character would have about what was happening in the story. Use evidence from the novel to support your character's responses.