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Here is the most impressive Primary Source Picture Book project I received from seventh graders this year; it is sitting next to one that was clearly worked on the night before the two-week assignment was due. I share these two to show you that I too receive an entire continuum of samples with every assignment.

I don't teach on the days my kids bring in reading projects like my Primary Source Picture Book assignment; instead, I facilitate an experience where they read and examine one another's projects. They traveled from station to station with a partner, and they had to read aloud (in their best sweet and syrupy librarian voices) the books of their classmates. At the end of class, they nominated their favorite books from these read-alouds.

American Revolution, Boston Massacre & Bias! Students find bias in Revolution

I modeled how to I'd create a Primary Source Picture Book by sharing a letter from Andrew Jackson right after his soldiers had won the Battle of New Orleans. We practiced quoting the letter while summarizing. I scaffolded, saying, "If you're not feeling creative, you may use this Jackson letter and make your picture book about the Battle of New Orleans, but I can't promise you'll earn any higher than a B if you go that route." Only 1 of 76 seventh graders didn't want to find his/her own…

Solar System Research Flipbook

Are you looking to add interest to student research projects? A lapbook with foldables is just the way to do it! This project from The Library Patch requires students to research key concepts about the solar system. The final product is both fun and informational. ($)


Are your students struggling with vocabulary word after vocabulary word? Have you discovered that copying the word and definition from the back of the book really doesn’t work? These strategies are for you! You will receive 8 different vocabulary instructional strategies designed for upper elementary and secondary students.

Bingo - when a student gets bingo they can redeem for a bookmark, etc. Oh baby I think I just might do this. Maybe even have a few different ones for reading levels with new books and classics to get kids reading!

Book Report, File Folder Reading Project, Book Project

This Common Core State Standards aligned File Folder Reading Project enables students to creatively respond to their reading. Over the course of the project, students will create a unique file folder covered in plot details, character analysis, setting description, a personal reflection, plus a book cover design and a listing of other books by the same author. The project is designed for students to complete on any book. The end result is a vivid, comprehensive, creative book project!