Independent reading project



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INDEPENDENT READING PROJECT

This independent reading project is due June 8th. You should use your reader’s notebook entries to help you prepare for the project.

This is a test grade.

This must be done on a novel---a work of fiction!!

You will have no class time other than our silent reading and writing time at the beginning of class to complete the project.

As we are working on a writing unit about identity, please make some connections to the themes of this unit in your project. Almost any novel will have some connection to identity transformation and stereotypes.
If you are struggling with making this connection, SEE ME!!!
Choose ONE of the following:
Projects involving writing and art/making things:
1. Create a picture book based on your novel. Use photographs, magazine pictures, or drawings to represent things that happened in your novel. Put them together in booklet form with a front and

back cover. Create at least 10 main scenes/events from the novel and use a written caption with each picture to explain what is happening. Picture books should tell the whole story.



You may create this digitally using a template from Publisher. I will post the template in Google Classroom.

2. Design a children’s book telling a child’s version of your novel. Not all novels will work for this project (consider whether the theme of the novel is one small children would understand). Books should have illustrations and a cover, too. Be sure to cover the main event sof the novels and its themes.


You may create this digitally using a template from Publisher. I will post the template in Google Classroom.

Projects involving writing:
3. Write a magazine or newspaper-type review (critiquing and discussing) on your novel. Examine reviews of other books in magazines/newspapers to give you ideas on form/etc. (Must be 400-500 words)
4. Write a letter to the author of the book you read that explains your views of the novel. You might want to explain what the book taught you, why the book was particularly special to you, what you liked/didn’t like about it, suggest ideas for a sequel/etc. Use specific examples from the book to explain what you mean. (Must be 400-500 words)

5. Create a unit of study for your book. The unit should include each of the following items: a set of 10+ discussion questions with answers, a unit test, a worksheet, and a study/review game.


6. Write a comparison/contrast essay comparing your novel to either a movie version of the novel or another book by the same author.

(Must be 400-500 words)


7. Research the author’s life to find out what may have influenced him/her to write about the topics in the ways in which he/she did. Write a report describing your findings. Make sure to include a bibliography of sources you used for this report.

(Must be 400-500 words)

8. Didn’t like the ending of your novel? Write a new one! (Or write an epilogue: explain what happened to all of the main characters AFTER this novel is over.) Ending or prologue must still be based on events leading up to the original ending in the real story.


9. Design and build a PowerPoint or Prezi about your book; include a summary (don’t give the ending away!), introductions to main characters, setting, the main conflict, connection to identity and graphics/images to “sell” your book (e.g., convince others to read it).
10. Make a newspaper about your book; include feature stories for the front page (with headlines), opinion articles from the “editor,” display advertisements, classified ads, and other categories that are relevant to your story (obituaries, sports articles, entertainment calendars, etc.).



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