Final Lit Circle Project Ideas

After the students have all finished reading their lit circle books, it is now time for the final assignment.  I have a few good ideas for students to choose from for their final assignment.  When it comes to presenting the assignment, students will get together with their group and present the final assignment they chose.  Once again, they will use peer assessment with a different format.  Below is the format used for assessing their final assignments.

Here are a few different final assignment ideas:

Story Board

Create a storyboard of three main events/scenes from the novel/book.  Each scene should reflect either the beginning/middle/end or problem/climax/resolution of the entire story.

Your storyboard must include the following:

  • Three illustrated scenes with one paragraph for each scene
  • Be handed in on 8 ½” x 14” legal sized paper, the legal sized paper must be divided into 6 sections – 2 for each scene (illustration/paragraph) and space at the top for the title and author of the book

Each scene must include the following:

  • The illustration must be realistic and either colored or shaded
  • Each scene paragraph must include a detailed description of the setting, characters, and plot
  • Each scene paragraph must also include a text connection of justification for the selection of the scene

Your presentation must be rehearsed and not read off of the storyboard itself.

Your comprehension activity must be assessed by a peer and by yourself according to the project rubric and presentation assessment.  The two assessments and your project must be handed in together for teacher evaluation.

Shoebox Diorama

Re-create a scene from the novel/book in a shoebox sized display, using plasticine, clay, Play-Doh, Lego, or other such materials

Your Diorama must include the following:

  • Contain at least the main character, however, other characters will add to the overall presentation
  • The setting should be connected to the main plot or conflict
  • Two to three paragraphs written ahead of time on index cards describing the scene, setting, characters, actions, place in the overall story
  • One paragraph written on why the scene was chosen to represent the novel/book
  • Diorama has title and author included on shoebox
  • Evidence of having rehearsed the presentation

Your comprehension activity must be assessed by a peer and by yourself according to the project rubric and presentation assessment.  The two assessments and your project must be handed in together for teacher evaluation.

Grab Bag Book Talk

Select some objects which are vehicles for retelling the story.  Put them in a bog, and pull out each object one by one, explaining how the object related to the story.

You are required to include the following elements:

  • At least six objects, and for the following purposes – one of which represents the setting, two for the main character, two for the plot, and one for the conflict of the story
  • One paragraph written ahead of time about each object put on an index card
  • The bag has title and author and has at least one illustration, you are encouraged to pick an appropriate bag, such as a duffle bad for an athlete, or a suitcase for the main character who has just moved etc. (if possible)
  • Evidence of having rehearsed the book talk

Your comprehension activity must be assessed by a peer and by yourself according to the project rubric and presentation assessment.  The two assessments and your project must be handed in together for teacher evaluation.

2 Replies to “Final Lit Circle Project Ideas”

  1. I love the idea of students being able to share their learning through an activity of their choice, and in a group. Some students may have difficulty sharing their knowledge certain ways (like making a PowerPoint and presenting it), so giving them options is a great idea. I love how the options you provided are varied and not as common as handouts and just talking – I feel like they would engage the people listening/learning. I wonder if I could adapt the grab bag book talk to make it work with early primary grades. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Awesome resources and ideas! I will definitely be referencing this for my practicum:)
    All these strategies really does allow for differentiation.
    Thanks Bre!
    -Sommer

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