My 7th and 8th grade Literature classes recently finished listening to the audiobook of The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. When I read the book last summer, I loved it and I knew I would have to share it with my class. Side note: I think that’s one of my favorite things about being a Literature teacher — you can change the content with which you use to share the concepts and the learning is still there. I know there are teachers out there that could teach Caddie Woodlawn for thirty years and be just fine, but I crave variety.
I gave my classes the ability to choose nearly anything they wanted for this project. I was hoping that the kids would choose something that they’d enjoy doing, not something they were unenthusiastic about. One of the popular choices with the 8th graders was a blank Facebook profile that they had to fill out with information about a character from the book. Sadly, the 7th graders’ popular choice was a collage in which nearly every student had the same five or six pictures they found on the Red Pyramid wikia. (I guess I should have let them find that website on their own…)
I’m not through with all the presentations yet, but I wanted to share some of the most exciting ones with you today! Here are some photos of the projects that were made:
One of the neatest things submitted was a “talk show” with Pheme. Pheme is the Greek goddess of gossip and rumors, and she interviewed some of the characters from the story. These girls did a great job, even though they were embarrassed watching the video during class today. (They all gave me permission to put it up for the blog!)