the tricky part is coming up with a relevant projects that the kids will love.
This year my 6th graders were asked to create a self-portrait that challenged them to think about "what if they could be a super hero?" They completed the following planning worksheet.
Then we looked at a lot of comic book covers. They were given the task of creating a comic book cover for their superhero. The guidelines said they had to have a title, a portrait of themselves and be colored neatly and completely. We agreed that they would want a cover that "grabbed" someone's attention. Then I handed out these blank covers... complete with barcodes and MSComic labels.
They did a really neat job. Not going to lie... some are a bit lacking but most of them were very impressive.