Literature Circle Extension Project
 By Jessica Mauer
Susan Silverman



In creating this extension project, I was having a difficulty on deciding how I was going to do it. In the beginning, I was having a hard time understanding what the actual goals and objectives were for this project, along with even finding a decent definition. This became very frustrating, so I messaged the Professor. After relaxing, and reading the information she provided to me, I began to have a better understanding of what was expected of me.

After reviewing through previous projects, and seeing examples of other ideas, I decided that the best way to execute this project would be through pictures. I created a collage using pictures that I thought were representations of certain events and themes that happened throughout the book.

Once I got the idea in place, the actual project was not that difficult to complete. It was actually a lot of fun creating a collage that was based on the book. I found myself going back and reading different parts of the book over again and remembering different parts of the book that I forgot from the first time reading it.

In creating this project, I have found myself looking further into the different meanings of the events of the book. I have also looked at the different events in a way that I probably would not have looked if I did not create this project. I have also discovered another way that I can ask my students for interpretation of different readings that they do. I will definitely be using the collage project in my own classes to test and check for understanding of my own students. This was fun and exciting to create, I am sure that my own students would feel the same way.

Self Evaluation

1. Describe the process you went through in creating your project:

This project was very frustrating to me at first. I had no idea what I was doing, or how I was going to do it. After I began to relax and take in all of the new information and formats required by this project, I was able to choose a method and complete the task. The creation part of the project was the best part of all. It was fun choosing the different pictures and arranging them into a collage.

2. In what way does your project reflect an important part of the book?

My project reflects the theme of growth. The pictures that I chose from different events from the book are positive as well as negative events. The point of my collage was to show how these events good and bad impacted Willie in positive ways enabling him to escape the memories and life of his past and further his ability to grow, live, and flourish. Not all life experiences we encounter are good ones, however, in order to grow from these events we need to learn from them and embrace the good parts of life to overcome the bad parts.

3. How does the project show what you have learned from the book?

Choosing pictures to symbolize the events of the book enables the creator of the project to really enhance and internalize the events that took place in the book. This abstract method of retelling the story through the use of pictures creates an individual meaning for me. This also allows others who have read the book to view my interpretations of the story in comparison to their own. A project like this would not be very difficult and almost impossible to create if the creator did not read, and thoroughly understand the book and its themes.  

Self Assessment

Grading Rubric

                                                                 4              3              2                      1






Content - Accuracy

All content throughout the presentation is accurate. There are no factual errors.

Most of the content is accurate but there is one piece of information that might be inaccurate.

The content is generally accurate, but one piece of information is clearly flawed or inaccurate.

Content is typically confusing or contains more than one factual error.


Presentation shows considerable originality and inventiveness. The content and ideas are presented in a unique and interesting way.

Presentation shows some originality and inventiveness. The content and ideas are presented in an interesting way.

Presentation shows an attempt at originality and inventiveness on 1-2 cards.

Presentation is a rehash of other people's ideas and/or graphics and shows very little attempt at original thought.


Project includes all material needed to gain a comfortable understanding of the topic. It is a highly effective study guide.

Project includes most material needed to gain a comfortable understanding of the material but is lacking one or two key elements. It is an adequate study guide.

Project is missing more than two key elements. It would make an incomplete study guide.

Project is lacking several key elements and has inaccuracies that make it a poor study guide.

Text - Font Choice & Formatting

Font formats (e.g., color, bold, italic) have been carefully planned to enhance readability and content.

Font formats have been carefully planned to enhance readability.

Font formatting has been carefully planned to complement the content. It may be a little hard to read.

Font formatting makes it very difficult to read the material.


Convincingly draws audience to the book.

Project somewhat draws audience to the book.

May or may not draw audience to the book.

Does not draw audience to the book.

                                                                   TOTAL 20/20

Content: 4

Originality: 4

Effectiveness: 4

Text-Font: 4

Appeal: 4

TOTAL:   20