Mrs. Dutton’s Honors English 9 classes are capping off the semester with their reading workshop projects. Mrs. Dutton requires students to read 750 pages of books of their choice throughout the semester. Students meet periodically to discuss their progress, and the big assessment is a 10-minute multimedia presentation. Mrs. Dutton’s four requirements are that students be “as informative and as creative as possible. Convince classmates that they want to read your books and convince Mrs. Dutton that you DID read the books.
This year’s classes have truly gone over the top in the area of creativity. Their attention to detail has been amazing. Jeb Cowen, for instance, combined actual movie clips from the movie based on the Eragon series with his own original video to create a genuinely entertaining movie for his third block class. Matt Kennedy, also, used his video editing skills to entertain his fourth block classmates with John Grisham’s books A Time to Kill and The Partner.
In first block, Alivia Darty wowed her classmates with everything from scrapbooks, food, posters, and a balloon release to depict Nicholas Sparks’s novels. Kelli Brown catered mini ham biscuits and chocolate croissants to her classmates as a part of her presentation on Sarah Dessen’s books. Finally, Allison Hudson turned the classroom into a science lab and turned her classmates into part avians for her presentation on James Patterson’s book Maximum Ride. Throughout the presentations classes have enjoyed everything from candy and food to movie clips and role playing.
All of Mrs. Dutton’s students should be commended on their creativity in presenting these books to their classmates. These projects are definitely examples of just how entertaining reading can be!