2017 Summer Reading Projects - High School

Read a book from the 2017 High School Summer Reading List. Select a project from the selections below. All projects are due Friday, August 25, 2017. Projects will be counted as “in-class” grade and recorded in the 40% category in iNow.

Create a diary or journal in the voice of a character from your book. Follow the events of the novel and give your chosen character's impressions and reflections on those events. Be sure to go beyond the obvious. Sure, she might have been worried about getting caught when she crossed the river, but how would she write about that in a journal? What thoughts are racing through her mind? Pick this project if you feel like the book's characters really came alive for you. You must write at least 12-15 journal entries. The project should be 250-800 words (2-4 typed pages, double spaced.)

Critique from the point of view of a specific organization. Select an organization that might have a lot to say about the actions or portrayals of characters in the novel you read, and write a 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 Lennie’s treatment of animals in Of Mice and Men, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on the portrayal of Crooks, and the National Organization of Women on the portrayal of Curley’s wife and the fact that she was never given a name.

Discover the book's relevance for you. If you like to write personal essays, full of your own opinions, don't limit yourself to a blasé "I liked this book because..." kind of review. Think about what--aside from liking or not liking it-you got out of reading this novel. Did the plot help you in some way to become a better person? Select this project if you consider yourself opinionated and like to share your views. You must cite evidence from the text (specific quotations that you feel relate to your point of view.) This option is strongly suggested for Honors and AP students. The essay should be 250-800 words (2-4 typed pages, double spaced.)

Get crafty with some cartography (that's mapmaking, FYI). Look back closely at the places that were important in the book, and illustrate a map that shows where they all are in relation to one another. Create a key in which you explain why each place is so important to the story. Select this project if you're known for your close attention to detail. Your map should be poster board size, must include at least 5 places, and must include paragraph-long explanations for the significance of each location.

Make a movie trailer featuring your book. If you have Windows, chances are you have Movie Maker without even knowing about it. If it's your first time making a movie on the computer, though, think about downloading Microsoft's Photo Story. It's free and simple to use and has enough features (photo effects, neat transitions, the ability to add music) that you can create a pretty cool product. Choose this project if you dream about being the next Steven Spielberg or M. Night Shyamalan. Your final movie should be a professional-looking 8-10 minutes long.

Write a pamphlet or handbook Think of an issue that was very important to your character. Then create a pamphlet aimed at persuading others of the importance of the issue. Include factual information, testimonials, pictures or graphics, etc. For instance, Charlotte from The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi (1990, Orchard) might want to create a pamphlet explaining the reasons women should have more life choices.

Create a newspaper for your book. Summarize the plot in one article, cover the weather in another, do a feature story on one of the more interesting characters in another. Include an editorial and collection of ads that would be pertinent to the story. Your newspaper must include at least 5 stories and should be laid out as a newspaper.

A gentle reminder: Plagiarism is a big deal. Any time you turn in someone else’s work as your own, whether you found it on the internet or borrowed it from their computer, you are plagiarizing. All plagiarized assignments will be given a zero. Don’t be tempted!


Scoring Rubric

(95–100 points)

Outstanding work, fully meets all requirements

Exhaustive coverage

Completely understands problem and has ability to apply data to the solution

Shows originality

Highly Proficient
(90–94 points)

Excellent work, meets all requirements of task, good breadth

Well planned and documented

Shows fine understanding and ability to apply data to the solution of the problem

Shows evidence of creativity

(80–89 points)

Fine or good work, meets requirements of task

Good breadth of coverage, fairly well planned and documented

Shows a good understanding and ability to apply data to the solution of new problems

Could show more evidence of creative thinking

Suggests Proficiency
(70– 79 points)

Fair work, meets some requirements of the task

Fair breadth of coverage with some gaps

Shows an uneven understanding with some, but not complete, ability to apply data to the solution of the problem

Needs to fill gaps

Suggests Lack of Proficiency (65–69 points)

Uneven work, meets some requirements of the task

Poor breadth of coverage with a number of gaps in coverage

Little understanding and ability to apply data to problem solving

Needs to improve in significant areas

Lacks Proficiency
(below 65 points)

Poor work, meets some requirements of the task

Little to no breadth of coverage

Little understanding and makes no significant attempt to apply data to solution of the problem


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