Monthly Reading Projects
Monthly reading projects are designed to encourage students to read well written books within a specific genre. Each month the students will be assigned a genre or category (Newberry Winners, Science Fiction, Mystery, etc.). Students will have the freedom to choose a book within that genre based on their reading level and areas of interest. Each month, the students will also be assigned a corresponding reading project to complete.
Projects are almost always due the last school day of that particular month unless the month ends in a scheduled break (Christmas break,Spring break, etc.), at which point they will be due the Friday after we return from break.
See the desciptions below for more information. If you have further questions, please contact Mr. Yund.
Choose a Newberry Medal Winner or Honor Book
Cereal Box Book Report (click link for detailed instructions--file will download)
Write a diary that one of the story’s main characters might have kept before, during, or after the book’s events. Remember that the character’s thoughts and feelings are very important in a diary.
I will give the students a hard copy of the project instructions.
Newberry Medal Winners
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
2016 Medal Winner:
Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson and published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.
2016 Honor Books
The War that Saved my Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.
Roller Girl, written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.
Echo, by Pam Muñoz Ryan and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.
Create a newspaper for your book:
Summarize the story in one article by writing a story that details the crime and how it was solved. Cover the weather in another, and do a feature story on one of the more interesting characters in another. Include an editorial and a collection of ads that would be pertinent to the story. Your newspaper should include details that are accurate to the late 1800's.
Newspaper Template (click the link for the file)
Imagine that you are the author of the book you have just read. Suddenly the book becomes a best seller. Write a letter to a movie producer trying to get that person interested in making your book into a movie. Explain why the story, characters, conflicts, etc., would make a good film. Suggest a filming location and the actors to play the various roles. YOU MAY ONLY USE BOOKS WHICH HAVE NOT ALREADY BEEN MADE INTO MOVIES.
Featured Mysteries: Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. It was first published on 14 October 1892, though the individual stories had been serialised in The Strand Magazine between June 1891 and July 1892.
The stories are not in chronological order, and the only characters common to all twelve are Holmes and Dr. Watson. As with all but four of the Sherlock Holmes stories, those contained within The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes are told by a first-person narrative from the point of view of Dr. Watson.
*PROJECTS WILL BE DUE THE FRIDAY AFTER WE RETURN FROM BREAK
Upon completing the book, you will write and perform, advertising for your book. You may create a video or audio commercial to present to the class. You may team up in groups of 3-4 to complete the project.
At the beginning of the commercial, be sure to include:
Describe the book in an exciting way. Be creative.
Include the following information:
The setting (when and where)
Your Favorite quote or chapter- Explain why…
Finish the commercial by:
Giving at least three persuasive reasons to read the book.
Create a mini-comic book relating a chapter of the book. Comic book must have color illustrations.
Featured Book: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
"If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take an interest in a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck), here is a record of such a journey and such a traveler. The period is the ancient time between the age of Faerie and the dominion of men, when the famous forest of Mirkwood was still standing, and the mountains were full of danger. In following the path of this humble adventurer, you will learn by the way (as he did) -- if you do not already know all about these things -- much about trolls, goblins, dwarves, and elves, and get some glimpses into the history and politics of a neglected but important period. For Mr. Bilbo Baggins visited various notable persons; conversed with the dragon, Smaug the Magnificent; and was present, rather unwillingly, at the Battle of the Five Armies. This is all the more remarkable, since he was a hobbit. Hobbits have hitherto been passed over in history and legend, perhaps because they as a rule preferred comfort to excitement. But this account, based on his personal memoirs, of the one exciting year in the otherwise quiet life of Mr. Baggins will give you a fair idea of the estimable people now (it is said) becoming rather rare. They do not like noise." -J.R.R. Tolkien
*PROJECTS WILL BE DUE THE FRIDAY AFTER WE RETURN FROM BREAK
Book Suggestions (Link)
Create a Diorama (Click the Link for Instructions)
Diorama will display one scene of your choice from the book.
Featured Book: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888), which was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. Alcott wrote the books rapidly over several months at the request of her publisher.
The novel follows the lives of four sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March—detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood, and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters
Make an illustrated timeline showing events of the story.
Your timeline should Include the following:
The title should include the Title of the book, the author’s name and your name. Your title should be at the top of your timeline.
Your timeline should be done in such a manner that the order that the events took place in the story is clear. The events can be minor as well as the major happenings in the story. There should be at least 10 events on your timeline.
Your timeline should include hand drawn illustrations. Your illustrations should be placed directly above or below the event it represents. Each illustration should be colored in some way. The illustration will need to be fairly small, but should be detailed enough to help the reader understand the event.
Brief Description of Events:
Your timeline should have 1-3 sentences that briefly describe the event and its significance to the story. This can be typed or neatly handwritten. If typed, your font should be easy to read and size 12-14.
Each entry on the timeline must include a time period. Your book may not give this, so use your best guess to decide when the event occurred. Below are listed words that you may want to use, but feel free to use others that you think of along the way.
decades & centuries
Other examples: later that day, 10 years later, last month, a few seconds later, the next day, minutes after the last event.
Students will create a comic strip depicting once scene from the book. The strip must include dialog from the book and be in color.
Comic Template (click link for file)
Design a book jacket for the book. I STRONGLY suggest that you look at an actual book jacket before you attempt this.
Featured Book: My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Fifteen-year-old Sam Gribley has decided to run away from his crowded apartment home, but unlike most kids who rarely get beyond their block, Sam goes from New York City all the way to the ruined farm of Great-grandfather Gribley in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. There are no buildings or people on the old Gribley farm, so Sam sets up residence by hollowing out the trunk of an ancient Hemlock tree. He has brought only a few tools of survival with him: a penknife, a ball of cord, an ax, 40 dollars, and some flint and steel to help him make fire. Using these simple tools and his wits, Sam learns to live off the land, and in the course of a year, discovers just how much he values freedom, independence, and adventure when faced with the challenges of blizzards, loneliness and fear.
The writings of Mark Twain: (Choose any book written by Mark Twain)
Create a Storyboard on the main plot events of either Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn. You can either create a free account on storyboardthat.com or use the attached PowerPoint template to create your storyboard. Click the second link for a storyboard example from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Interview a character:
Write at least ten questions that will give the character the opportunity to discuss his/her thoughts and feelings about his/her role in the story. However you choose to present your interview is up to you.
The Writings of Mark Twain
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel,Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "The Great American Novel".
4th & 5th Grade
Travel Brochures--Students choose ONE interesting setting from their book and create a travel brochure that advertises this place.
Do you think tourists would enjoy visiting the setting of the book you read? What attractions would they find in this place? What could they do for entertainment? What could they see and learn about? Imagine that you work for a travel agency and you have been asked to design a brochure to advertise this place. (If your book has more than one setting, choose the most unusual and interesting one.)
Featured Book: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."
A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.
A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal.
Biography or Autobiography
4th & 5th Grade
You will team up with one other student to write and perform a mock interview with the subject of the book (ie-Frederick Douglas) concerning the events of his or her life. The interview will be performed in front of your classmates.
The interview must included the important details and events described in the book.
Escape from Slavery
Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, c. February 1818 – February 20, 1895) was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping fromslavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement from Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writings.
He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Even many Northerners at the time found it hard to believe that such a great orator had once been a slave
Design a game:
After reading a book, design a game, based on that book as its theme. Will you decide on a board game, card game, concentration? The choices are only limited to YOUR CREATIVITY! Be sure to include clear directions and provide everything needed to play.
Create a Film Poster for Your Book:
Imagine that Hollywood has made your book into a movie. How would you create a poster that shows something significant about the plot, tone, and/or theme of the story while trying to attract a large audience to see the movie on opening day? What famous actors would best play the rolls? Who will direct it?
On the back of the poster, please include a fictional review from a film critic.
Featured Book: Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
Old Yeller is a 1956 children's novel written by Fred Gipson and illustrated by Carl Burger, which received a retroactive Newbery Honor in 1969. The title is taken from the name of the yellow dog who is the center of the book's story.
In 1957 Walt Disney released a film adaptation starring Tommy Kirk, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire, Kevin Corcoran, Jeff York, and Beverly Washburn.