Leveraging this year’s Booker Prize Short List for #PBL


How can we measure growth or create a capstone assessment at the top of a vertical design? How can we ask students to figure out what makes a novel literary? More specifically in each work of fiction, how do we locate a novel’s literary qualities? Moreover, how can a project encourage opportunities for life-long reading? We will leverage this year’s Booker Prize short list novels to create a project-based landscape in our curriculum two or maybe three times this year. We will embrace the dynamic power of literature circles, aka #LitCircles, and give everyone an opportunity of choosing a Booker Prize Shortlisted novel from the exciting 2021 list. Follow us to learn more. https://thebookerprizes.com/

About Bill Sullivan

I am an English teacher working with great students at Suffield Academy. I also teach seniors in various project-based learning environments. Some of the #PBL topics included global issues, such as Pandemics, Climate Change, and Water; more recently I have asked students to research and identify topics important to our school community and their generation. We curate these topics with a #StudentCenteredPBL. For the past eleven years, I also created a driving question for a class to research a local history mystery and present their findings in a community program partnering with our local historical society. These topics encompass researching the lives of enslaved individuals who were contributors to the foundation of our community.
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