NAME:________________________________________________ Dear Mr. Henshaw Book Report/ Diorama We have just completed the book Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary in class. We have been reading this novel together for the last 3 weeks. As a culminating activity, each student will need to create a shoebox diorama illustrating a scene/setting from the book. In addition, students will need to create a written report summarizing the events of the book. The grade on the project will reflect the amount of time and thought that went into creating both the diorama and the written report. Many of you should remember creating shoebox dioramas when you were kids. There are some great web sites with some really cool ideas, but ultimately your child needs to use his own creativity and talents to illustrate a scene from the book. Students will be allowed to bring their books home to assist in this project. PROJECTS WILL BE DUE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9. This gives you 2 weeks, with 2 weekends, to complete the project. SCORING RUBRIC AND REQUIREMENTS _____ Content of diorama (30 pts.) Your diorama illustrates a clearly identifiable scene from the book. _____ Neatness (10 pts.) Your diorama is neatly completed, effort is shown. Your shoe box must be completely covered so that the brand name and shoe size are unable to be seen. _____ Creativity (5 pts.) You made and effort to be creative and artistic. ______ Presentation (5 pts.) When you present to the class you are able to clearly describe your diorama and what it represents. _____Summary (20 pts.) You correctly summarized the book, including a beginning, middle, and end. You included all of the major parts of the story. _____ Conventions (20 pts.) Your report contains minimal conventions errors. Conventions include proper usage of capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and grammar. Minimal errors are fewer than 5 errors. You have 2 weeks to work on this, proofread it, and ensure that it is high quality work. _____ Neatness (10 pts.) Your report should be neat and final draft quality. It may be hand written or word processed, as long as you do it yourself. Reports should not be dirty or torn, and should be written or typed neatly on the correct side of the paper. Handwriting should be legible and appropriately sized. I hope that at this point I have clearly explained my expectations for this project. Please keep up with this sheet and turn it in along with your book report on November 9. If projects are completed early, I will accept them early. I know the kids are excited when they finish and are eager to share with their classmates.
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