I am trying to create differentiated Individualized Reading Project choices that are high interest for students in Freshman English classes to complete independently after reading a novel of their choice. Any groovy ideas out there? Thanks!
I've had really good luck with mock facebook pages. My kids have to create a profile picture, set up the info, provide a certain number of status updates and have wall posts which all relate to a character or the plot of a story. Some have modified their own profiles and taken a screen shot which they print out and send to me. Others have found imitation sites out there, create it and send to me. Hope this helps!
I think this project idea is fantastic. Especially the status updates.
I'm guessing you had them create this in a word document or did you use some type of program that resembles facebook?
I found this! This site isn't blocked!
One thing that seems to work well and is a fun activity is to have students rewrite the ending of the book. Have students write a brief summary of how the book ends, then write their own ending.
Another idea is to have students do a presentation on their book and make a visual aid of some sort. The visual aid can be anything from a poster board to a PowerPoint presentation. Have criteria of what has to be included in the presentation. Tie the independent reading project to the unit that students are currently studying in class. For example: if the unit is on plot elements, have the students diagram the plot elements of their book and present it to the class.
Hi Kim, check out these related past discussions - Question: Summer Reading? and LESSON PLAN: Differentiated Freshman Summer Reading Project and QUESTION: Summer Reading Requirements? They might give you some ideas to build on.
I recommend having them do a Web 2.0 component once they've read the story. They could choose between doing a Wordle, an XtraNormal video, a Blabber (from Blabberize.com) from the point of view of the character, a museum box ( http://museumbox.e2bn.org/ ), a glog (from Glogster http://edu.glogster.com/? ), a web comic from any of a bunch of providers, or any other awesome Web 2.0 tool you enjoy.
Great ideas! I had not seen the museumbox before and thought that was awesome--especially for our students with special needs. We tried a Glogster project with our freshman students and that was very successful.
Thanks for sharing!
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