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Mock Newbery Independent Reading Projects

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This fall, as you read your Mock Newbery books independently, you will complete three reading projects. Your projects will be due at approximately the end of each month; you will have about three weeks to complete each project. This is an exercise in time management, so plan carefully! There will be time devoted to sharing these projects with the class at the end of each month.

Due dates:
MNIRP #1: Wednesday, October 20th
MNIRP #2: Friday, November 19th
MNIRP #3: Friday, December 17th

You may turn in a draft of any written piece of your project, but this must be done at least one week prior to the final project due date!

How many Mock Newbery books do I have to read?
You will be setting goals for yourself on Wednesday.

Does that mean I can do two projects on the same book, if I am not finished with a book?
Yes, but only two in a row. You can talk to me about this privately if you have a concern.

Can I do the same project on two different books?
Not this fall. I’d like to see how you approach different challenges. In the spring you will have a “free choice” project, where you can choose one you’ve done before, or create one of your own (approved by me).

What if I read two books in a month?
Then you have a choice on which book to use for your project!

Can I read other books independently?
Of course! However, your MNIRPs must be on Mock Newbery books. This will change in the spring.

See below for project descriptions. Please consider that some projects require you to have completed a novel to be successful.

The Picture Book
Turn the novel you read into a picture book by retelling the plot in a simple way with vocabulary appropriate for younger readers. Your picture book should be as close to a real picture book as you can make it, with appropriate materials.

The Map
If the book you are reading involves a number of locations within a town, country, or geographical area, create a map. Make a list of all the locations mentioned in the book and sketch to help you plan. Draw a map showing the area. Include illustrations and clear labels, or a legend. On an index card, write a description of the setting of the story.

The Time Line
Brainstorm a list of all the major events in the plot of the novel you are reading from beginning to end. Organize them in chronological order (which might not correspond to the order in which they happen in the novel). Create a time line using a long strip of paper. Include descriptions and illustrations of each major event. Be as specific as possible in terms of date, season, location etc.

The Setting Model
This is similar to The Map, and can be planned for in the same way. Instead of creating a map, however, you will create a model or diorama of the setting of the story. You can include characters from the book as well. Make sure your model is created on a sturdy platform, and be creative about your use of materials. Think about the things that are around you that might serve other purposes in a model. On an index card, write a description of the setting of the story.

The Journal
Choose one main character from the novel you read and create a journal from his or her point of view. The journal entries should reveal the character’s feelings (hopes, dreams, frustrations, concerns, etc) about what is happening in the plot of the story. The journal entries should represent the span of the novel (or the point to which you have read). The journal should look like a journal, with a cover, and dates, etc. Remember that this is a significant project; use your best judgment about length!

The Scrapbook
Create a scrapbook for one of the main characters that reflects the main events that occur to him or her. Think about including photos, letters, postcards, ticket stubs, family trees, newspaper clippings, memorable items, etc. Remember to consider the time period of your story. Be sure to write captions for items such as photos or objects. Your scrapbook should have a cover that identifies the subject of the scrapbook, as well as identifying information of the character who created it.

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