YA Lit Trimester Project Examples

I’ve written about my YA Lit class plenty of times and discussed it on Twitter even more.  For a while I’ve been meaning to share some of my students’ trimester project examples, in particular their PowerPoints.  I’m finally sharing them!

I’m sharing a few examples of the posters they’ve created for various projects, and I’m also including a link to a post I wrote a couple years ago featuring some of their posters.  When I first started teaching this class I required some kind of a visual, which included the option to create a poster.  This past year (or maybe before this past year?) I tweaked the requirement and required that if a student is using a poster as his/her visual, there must be at least one poster per book (size is up them). The work has been much more thorough since changing that requirement.  The PowerPoints and/or Prezis are completely up to them in terms of how long they are.

One of my students, Jordin, read three of Lisa Schroeder’s books and created a poster for each book.  As you can see, she’s very crafty 🙂

Another student, Jessica, wanted to read mysteries so she read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Cryer’s Cross, and Bad Girls Don’t Die. I love her posters because they added details from the book and/or made them complementary to the book covers.

I also give my students the option to create book trailers for the books they read.  Here’s a post I wrote a couple years ago which features a few book trailers created by my students.

This is the post I wrote a couple years ago when I first started teaching the class.  These are project posters from my first two sections of YA Lit.  I’ve since told students that I’m over Nicholas Sparks and to choose different books and a different author 😉

And here are some PowerPoints that my students have made for their trimester projects…

These PowerPoints were originally made using Google Drive so unfortunately some of their effects, fonts, etc. didn’t transfer. The Maggie Stiefvater presentation lost the most; it even lost an entire picture on one of the last slides.  Also, the PowerPoint featuring all of the drawings of characters has pictures that are reversed; my student realized that but couldn’t get the pictures to scan normally.


  1. Wow! I love this idea for your class and wish we offered this at the HS where I work. The projects are great examples and I can tell that the students genuinely learned something outside of “Spark Notes”.

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      Thank you! You should propose the class to your admin and see what they say 🙂 It doesn’t hurt to ask.

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