what's so important about the culminating project?
Yes They Can!
This past week my students completed reading the first book of the year, The Family Under the Bridge. I was delighted that my youngest son, Sшren, not only knew what to do but dove into the work headfirst! He began by removing all the sandwich bags from their box in the drawer, piling tape, glue, scissors, colored pencils and a plethora of art paper on the kitchen table. I watched him move from idea to finished product as I washed dishes and prepared dinner. In the end he smiled with satisfaction and proclaimed joyfully, УTomorrow I will write a report to go with my diorama.Ф My son just turned 10! Not only is he self-motivated, he is delighted to do the work. Why? Routine.
No matter the subject, establishing a routine is a painstaking process, but once rooted, students thrive. Blackbird and Company literature products are developed with this truth in mind, providing students with the framework to guide them through the discovery process in a consistent manner that will, over time, develop the disciplined routine that leads to self-motivation.
With our approach, each book is read and explored over the course of four weeks. During the fifth week, Section 5 guides the reader to develop a creative culminating project with options that provide a variety of ways for them to demonstrate deep understanding of the book. Students not only get a chance to demonstrate their originality, organization, clarity of purpose, and critical thinking skills, more importantly this culminating endeavor will allow them to show off what they have learned in their own, uniquely creative way.
Whether you are using our literature discovery guides in an individual mentoring situation or in a group setting, students really love sharing their culminating thoughts about great stories. Encouraging readers to create Section 5 projects with a high level of execution teaches them that their ideas are valuable and builds integrity into their work habits. Connecting your students with other students and the work produced in response to great stories is motivating and raises the bar on the end product. For this reason, we have created a Flickr group where students can share visuals of how great stories spark creativity. We encourage you to join this group, to add your own work samples, and to visit often!
PHOTO Samples (FLIKR link?)