My primary goal is to encourage students to read widely and to think about what texts mean, and why the ideas matter. Do book projects support this goal?
As a motivated reader who knows countless motivated readers, I can tell you that I have never once had or overheard a conversation like this:
"I just finished the most incredible, powerful book!"
"Great! Hey, we should create a diorama to represent the climactic scene!"
I worry that the creation and assessment of book projects during reading time is more about art - or even about a family's ability to spend money at Michael's - than it is about reading comprehension. I worry that book projects take valuable time that could be spent reading, discussing, and considering impor...