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Name: ________________________________________________ Form: ______________ Date: ______________________________ Project Title: Independent Reading Project Description: (What do I do?) 1.

Pick a book at an appropriate reading level for you and have it approved by Mr. Hyland 2. Complete one of the Final Product Creation Options. Try to choose a product option that you havent tried before, or might challenge you. 3. No matter which topic you choose, you must provide the following information separately (Typed): a. Title & Author b. Character List c. Setting d. What type of conflict is present in this story? (character vs. ______________) How do you know? e. Brief summary of the plot f. Whether or not you recommend this book to others and why 4. Pay close attention to the length minimum for each choice, and use the rubric to guide your project. 5. Be creative! 6. Please make sure that all items handed in have your name on them. 7. This project is DUE on ___________________________________. Purpose (Why do I have to do this?): This project will focus on independent reading, analysis of plot, character, and setting. This project also allows students to be more creative and think at a higher level than a traditional book report might. Goals: What should I be able to do by the end of this project? 1. I can explain the elements of a story using the book I have chosen (plot, character, conflict, theme, setting). [knowledge] 2. I can demonstrate my knowledge of the book and the elements of a story in a brief presentation that teaches other teenagers about my book and its characters. [application] Final Product Creation Options: Choose one of the ideas on the back page, or develop your own way to demonstrate your learning and have it approved by Mr. Hyland Evaluation Criteria: Refer to the rubric & criteria checklist

Name: ________________________________________________ Form: ______________ Date: ______________________________ Final Product Ideas 1. Journal as if you were the character. Write a diary or journal that one of the storys main characters might have kept before, during, or after the events of the book. Remember that the characters thoughts and feelings are very important in journal or diary writing. If thoughts and feelings arent mentioned in the story, try to imagine how you would react if you were that character. Include at least five separate entries. Your journal should be written in first person. (minimum 2 pages)
2. Write and Illustrate a graphic novel. Create a three page graphic novel of the book that you have read. Be specific to details, dialogue, and illustrations. This can be created either digitally or hand drawn. Each page must have at least 5 windows. Look to other graphic novels for ideas. (minimum 3 pages) 3. Choose your own adventure. Write an alternate ending to your story. Change it, add plot twists, and surprise your readers. Make sure to keep the feel of your writing the same as the original novel. (minimum 2 pages) 4. Hot off the Press. Create a two page newspaper that has headlines discussing events that happened in your book. For example, if someone died, have an obituary section. Did someone get arrested? Include a hard news story. Did a character do something good for another character? Have a good deeds section where you recognize those characters. What was the setting? Have a weather section to discuss setting or create an events section to talk about the places your characters may have gone in the book. Make it look as much like a newspaper as possible. You must have at least 5 different headlines or sections to your newspaper. 5. Be the composer. Create a soundtrack to your book. To do this, divide your book into sections or major scenes and provide a song to accompany each segment, just as a movie soundtrack provides music to mirror the events of the film. Then write an explanation for why each song fits a specific section of the book. This should be about a page for each explanation. You can design a cover for the soundtrack to provide an additional opportunity to show your understanding of the book. You should select songs with lyrics that highlight the major plot points and themes of the book, with the exception of classical pieces that can be chosen to evoke the mood of a scene. All songs must be school appropriate. You should have at least five songs to go with your book. 6. Create a homepage. Select a character and design a homepage for them, picking out appropriate backgrounds and pictures, and then creating information that would tell a viewer about your character. Also, create links to at least five different sites that you think your character would be interested in. Then write up and post on the page an explanation of how you made the decisions you did and what you believe this tells us about your character. Submit the link of your website to Mr. Hyland. 7. Create a Scrapbook of the important events in the life of a character in your book. Think about all the kinds of mementos you would put in a scrapbook if you had one. Then create a scrapbook for your character, including all the mementos he or she would have in their scrapbook. You could cut out pictures from magazines, take photos, draw images, or use real things to include in the pages.
8. Create your own. Think you have a better way to represent your learning than the options provided here? Draft up a plan and present it to Mr. Hyland for approval.