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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

ABC Novel Project

My 4th graders just finished up a fantastic novel project.  When we began the novel Eager (which I highly recommend), I had big plans for students to complete a cumulative project from a choice board. Like the best set plans, though, we ran short on time.  So I went against my nature and assigned them all the same project.  They absolutely loved this one, and I am so impressed with the insight that came out of these projects.  The best part of all...it is totally differentiated, is great for students to show their understanding of a novel, and perfect for using evidence from texts (a huge component of the Common Core).



The assignment, as I gave it to them was this:

"Use every letter of the alphabet to represent something about the characters, events, symbols, and themes in the book."

Of course, you could give them different literary elements to look for representations, but these four elements had been a focus for us this quarter.

Click the imagine to read some specifics!

So, I gave them the assignment, and they took off with it.  I checked in with them about half way through to make sure they were giving enough evidence to support each letter, and then let them type it as they finished.  In total, it took about four 40 minute class periods and a little bit of work at home for some of them.  They had a blast completing this project, and some of the explanations stunned me!  I was very impressed, and I felt this was a great, engaging way for them to show that they had connected with and understood the book.

This would be perfect for grades 3 and up.  The sky is the limit!









6 comments:

  1. I love ABC books! I am now following you!

    Andrea

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  2. Is there a rubric that goes with the ABC novel project?? I think my kiddos would love it!!!

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  3. I like this idea for my 5th graders. With graduation rehearsal and concert rehearsal we are not in class much, but we still have 2 weeks left. After reading Cynthia Lord's Rules I needed an activity and found yours! I really like it, but I'm wondering how well did your students do with the letters at the end of the alphabet did you modify, i.e. X is for eXtreme because..... I noticed there weren't any examples for end of alphabet.

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