"The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas. "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne. "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins" These are a few of the works my Pre-AP students read for our latest novel project. Last month, I assigned a Book Float Project. Students were required to read a fiction novel, write a book report, design a book float, and present the finished product. The assignment was an independent one. Students chose a book of their choice. It had to be over 300 pages with a Lexile of 700 or above. The project was completed outside the classroom. On the due date, they submitted their floats and projects. We took 2-3 days to present. Some of the best ones are below for your viewing.
At the end of each year, our school hosts what's known as Showcase. It's when our very own students present the work that they completed throughout the school year. It occurs one evening after school, and parents come out to see what they're children accomplished. What makes it better is that this event is student-led. The kids are responsible for not only completing projects, but they're also responsible for explaining purpose behind the work. It's amazing to sit back and watch them skillfully articulate what they learned.