Independent Reading Project

Your IRP will last the entire year and will be loosely related to our Fiction Project.

You will read a minimum of one work of fiction per quarter. You will be required to present a summary and analysis of your chosen work with a focus on elements of fiction we explore in our Fiction Project. You will have options on the format of your presentation, essentially allowing you to use any media you wish.

Your options for presentation include, but are not limited to:

  • Standard presentation (i.e., Powerpoint, Prezi, etc.)
  • Google Site
  • Video
  • Podcast
  • Infographic
  • Other format with approval of the instructor`

Your presentation must include at a minimum:

  • Full title, name of author, and date published
  • A summary of the main plot
  • A summary of the main storylines
  • A summary of the main characters
  • Summaries of at least three additional elements of fiction that we've discussed during our fiction project
  • Proper APA or MLA citations of all sources used other than the work itself unless you use direct quotes from the work. If you quote the work, then you do need to site it.
  • Your review of the novel. Did you like it? Why or why not? In addition to whatever genre the novel falls into, how would you characterize it?

Question: How long does it have to be?
Answer: Long enough. Not too long and not too short. See the above bullet list. You want this to be complete but also concise. You want people to want to read it (or watch, etc.) Ask yourself, are you more likely to want to read a ten-page, single-spaced paper or browse a website? You have many options!

Question: When is it due?
Answer: We'll sign up for presentation dates in class. If you need to change your presentation date, that is OK as long as you let the instructor know a few days in advance. Presentations will begin near the end of Q1 (week 8 or so), though you can go earlier if you wish. UPDATE: You will not be required to present in front of the class, but you will need to make your presentation available to the class.

Keep your audience in mind! Your presentation should give the audience enough information about your novel for them to decide if they might like to read it or not.


We can get into weekly or bi-weekly (OK, at least monthly) groups in class for information discussions about our novels.

Take notes as you read your novel! You might consider keeping a diary of sorts to jot down any thoughts, storyline points, character traits, bits of dialogue, etc. You should also record page numbers where material is found that you might consider using in your presentation.

It would be nice to maintain a catalogue or repository of presentations so that other students can benefit from them. This would most likely be a digital catalogue. We can discuss this in class.