Chris Van Allsburg unit. Last week we read The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. For our weekly summative task, I decided to do a foldable - the kids love them in math, so I figured they'd love them in language, as well. I had them make an accordion book. They had to recreate the cover, using the same style of illustrations Chris Van Allsburg used in the book. For the inside panels they had to cover:
- a summary of the story
- character traits for two characters (with supporting evidence)
- setting (both place and time - inferred from the story)
- a reflection based on the question, "How did the main character's feelings change throughout the story?" (they also had to include supporting evidence from the text).
This was a nice switch from the usual written summary and reflection - and I was right, the kids loved making them (well, love might be a strong word, but they definitely liked them). ;)