UPDATED NOVEMBER 2012:
I WAS UNABLE TO FIND THE ORIGINAL TEMPLATE FILE I USED FOR THIS PROJECT BUT DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, I HAVE ATTEMPTED TO RE-CREATE THE TEMPLATE.
I HOPE IT WORKS FOR MANY OF YOU.
I am also re-posting so that if you were interested in the portfolio before but were disappointed that I hadn't included the template it will show up in your feed once again!
At the end of our Literature Circles unit I was looking for something to celebrate the work my students had been doing and to showcase their skills...so I created a Literature Circles Portfolio (foldable extravaganza)! Throughout the unit we focused on summarizing, making connections, character traits and explain our opinions about a book so of course, that's what the portfolio highlighted. Here are some pictures of my template, completed student work and a few annotations sprinkled in! Enjoy!
Note: This post is very picture heavy! Sorry.
The cover template.
Inside the template...all the foldables closed. I gave my students the option to put their own titles on everything except the connections foldable.
Accordion fold summary- we focused on the characteristics of narrative writing during this unit. The foldable outlines the beginning, middle and end of their novel as well and the problem/solution. I am very glad that we did this unit before writing our narratives as I think it really helped my Grade 4's understand the parts of a narrative they were expected to include in their own writing.
Favourite part and favourite character.
Predictions...before and after reading.
Student covers...so well done!
The completed portfolios.
This student went ABOVE AND BEYOND! On the back of the portfolio I gave the students a variety of options...a letter to a character, a poster, party planning etc and gave very little guidance in order to see which students would really take their portfolio to the next level. The inside work was all scaffolded during out Literature Circles unit and so I hoped the back would be an opportunity for students onto apply their knowledge of the book and independently display their learning.
As with all projects, some were great...some, well? Needed more effort, that's to be sure.
As you can see, each student personalized the inside of the portfolio according to their book.
Another great independent project on the back of the portfolio.
If you are interested in seeing the handout I used for this assignment, along with the rubric, please click here! Also, please note that the independent assignments were not created by me because I found a FABULOUS resource on the web and used a few ideas from there. The link is posted on the handout but you can also check it out by going here.
I hope this helpful and useful for some of you. I would also LOVE to hear about the kinds of projects you use in your classes to celebrate the end of a reading unit. Please post your ideas and comments below.
I'd love to put together a post highlighting the great ideas you all have as well!