Students must prepare a response to one book from the Fall Projects Books reading list. In early

September (not the first day!), students will discuss their summer reading book with other members

of their Advisory. Students must bring their response piece in on that day and be ready to explain it

during Advisory. Students will receive grades based on their participation in the discussion group and

completion of the response piece.


Project must be:

  • of student's own creation

  • legible

  • complete

  • brought in on the day of the discussion groups

  • able to be displayed or read without any technology (computers, audioplayers, TVs, etc.)

  • reflective of, a response to, or an extension of characters, settings, or events in the book

  • labeled clearly with student's name, homeroom, English teacher, and the title of the book,

either on the piece itself or with an attached cover page


Remember: Keep it "cheap and cheerful" – it should be created with items already in the house or

with a minimum investment for materials ($5 or less).


Project Choices

Students must choose one response from the list below. They may pick whichever they are most

interested in and that seems most appropriate to the book they have read.

1. Illustrate Story with Photographs or Drawings – Take a series of 5 to 10 original

photos (not downloaded online) or create a series of 5 to 10 drawings that could be

used to illustrate the book. Make it into a booklet, mini graphic novel, or a poster. Must

include captions of 2 to 3 full sentences for each picture. Minimum size of displayed

item: 8" x 10" - Maximum size: 22" x 28".

2. Gift for a character – Create a gift for a character and explain why this character

would particularly appreciate it and why it is appropriate. The actual item or

representation of the item must be created by the student and may not be purchased

whole. It must be accompanied by a brief written explanation of 100 to 300 words in

length. Maximum size: No larger than a shoebox (approximately 8" x 6" x 15"). Be sure

it can be safely transported to/from school.

3. Letter – Write a 1-2 page letter to a friend to say what you liked about the book and

why you think he or she should read it (or not!). Alternately, you may write a letter to a

character in the book or to the author. Minimum: 250 words. Maximum: 2 pages.

4. New Ending – Write your own 1-2 page ending – either change what happens, or write

about what happens after the original ending. Minimum length: 250 words. Maximum

length: Two pages.

5. Timeline – Develop a timeline that describes 10 to 15 key events in the story in the

order in which they happened, with 2 to 3 sentences written for each event. Minimum

size of display: regular paper size - Maximum size of display: 22" x 28".

6. Drawing or Painting – Create a drawing or painting of an important character, the

setting, or of an important scene. You must include a caption of 100 to 300 words

describing the subject of the artwork. Minimum size: 8" x 10" - Maximum size: 22" x 28"

7. Poem or Song Lyrics – Write a poem or song that is about one of the characters, the

setting, or an important part of the story. Minimum length: 16 lines and/or 100 words.

Maximum length: 100 lines. No acrostics, please!

8. 3D Model or Sculpture – Create a 3D model or sculpture to illustrate an important

character, object, scene, or setting from the book. You must include a caption of 100

to 300 words describing the subject of the artwork. Maximum size: No larger than a

shoebox (approximately 8" x 6" x 15"). Be sure it can be safely transported to/from

school.