AN INDEPENDENT READING PROJECT
PICK A THEME
- A novelist
- A picture book author
- A publisher; e.g. Orca
- A Theme; e.g. war, child abuse, runaways, history, autism, friendship, countries of the world, orphans, refugees, survival, fathers and sons, injustice
- A country or continent; e.g. Canada, Africa
- A combination; e.g. picture books about war; perspectives on conflict in the Middle East as shown in children’s literature; boy/girl relationships through the centuries as shown in novels; fictional perspectives on grief; strong female characters in novels for adolescents; cultural aspects of novels set in India; male characters in novels for adolescents: 1950 – 2010; the role of dragons in children’s literature; the hero’s journey in fantasy novels from five different countries; surviving divorce in Canadian literature; science books for eighth-grade students; biographies for middle school students; science concepts in graphic novels; reading the classics as graphic novels; learning about geography in mystery novels for adolescents
PICK A RANGE
- Picture books
- A combination
COLLECT YOUR BOOKS
- Use the online or library computer catalogues.
- Make a list of at least 5 books.
- Take out what is available.
- Request what is not in the library.
- Think about what school of literary criticism you want to use.
- Create your own school of criticism, if you prefer.
- Talk with your teacher and discuss a plan.
- Show your teacher your plan for your project.
START COLLECTING INFORMATION
- As you finish a book, complete a bibliographic entry.
- As your finish a book, take notes to use for your project.
PLAN YOUR PROJECT FORMAT
- A fan book
- A hand-stitched book
- An essay
- A giant mindmap
- A series of letters
- A 4-minute speech
CREATE YOUR PROJECT!