THE ULTIMATE GIFT
Student Projects: Select one of the following projects to complete after
you have read the novel. Each project should be presented thoughtfully
and well to the class.
1. THE GIFTS
From the gift of work, the gift of giving, the gift of money, the gift of
learning, or the gift of family, choose a gift to receive by fulfilling the
criteria designated by Red Stevens. Allow yourself a time frame of at least
two weeks in order to earn the gift. Share with the class the following
information: (1) The actual time frame involved (include hours) (2) A
description of what you did. Be as specific as possible. (e.g. If money or
time on a task is involved, include the dollar amount or the number of
hours and the task.) (3) Who or what was impacted by your effort. (4) An
explanation of how you personally benefited from the gift.
Use your imagination to find a method to illustrate and present this
information in an interesting way (e.g. a storyboard, a PowerPoint,
YouTube, a live person, a video clip, etc.)
2. BECOMING WHOLE
Prepare a speech for Jason Stevens to deliver to one of the charities he
will be in charge of. The speech should be motivational and prepare
people to deal with how accepting the effort involved in receiving the
gifts will change their lives.
3. JASON’S JOURNAL
The year between Red Steven’s death and Jason’s first gift to Jason’s last
gift and the Ultimate gift was a time of many challenges and great growth
for him. Imagine you are Jason. Write a series of five diary entries that
capture the most important changes you (as Jason) experienced during
4. POETRY EXPRESSION
Write a poem that offers a character’s reflection on some event in the
book. Try to capture the character’s feeling and philosophy. You may
want to set your poem to music or illustrate it with drawings.
5. DRAMATIC INTERPRETATION
Alone, or with a partner, present a scene or an event from the book and
act it out. You may want to portray it exactly like the book or create your
own interpretation. You may present your scene live or videotaped or on
YouTube. Costumes and props are optional.
6. INTERNET RESEARCH POWERPOINT
Use the internet to research Jim Stovall and The Ultimate Gift. Provide
substantive information, such as why he wrote the book and what his
background is. How does he feel about the gifts he has created? What is
his message to the reader? What do critics say about the book? How do
readers interpret the book? Share your internet results in a PowerPoint
presentation to the class. Include at least one page from your internet
search. Show connections between Stovall’s life and the novel.
7. MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION
Create a multimedia presentation for The Ultimate Gift. You may wish to
present a scene or an event from the novel; you may wish to illustrate one
of the themes of the novel; you may wish to demonstrate the various sides
of one of the major characters; or you may wish to decide on your own
8. ART OR MUSIC
Draw or paint a work of art or compose original lyrics to illustrate or
accompany some aspect of the novel.
9. ULTIMATE GIFT COMMERCIAL
Write a commercial for The Ultimate Gift. The purpose of the commercial
could be to promote the novel, or it could be to advertise a product or
gift that might be created or discovered in attaining one or more of the
gifts involved with the ultimate gift. You might advertise a certain book or
resource that might help with the gift of learning. You might think of a
certain food or pill that might give energy to those attempting to receive
the gift of work to make them more powerful or pleasant. A particular
bath product or cologne might be especially good for use with the gift of
love. Your commercial should include a product, a slogan or a song, and,
of course, exciting pictures.
Design a scrapbook of a character, the gifts, or an event from The
Ultimate Gift. Assemble appropriate pictures, annotations, and other
materials to make the scrapbook attractive come to life.
11. GIFTS DIORAMA
In a box about the size of a shoebox, create a three-dimensional
miniature scene of one or more of the gifts, the boys’ home, the library in
South America, or of the conference room with colored figures and
background. Others would be able to view the scene through a peephole.
12. GIFTS MOBILE
Create a mobile of the gifts that led to the ultimate gift.
13. ULTIMATE GIFT GAME
Create a game about some aspect of the novel. Include the rules and
strategy. Be prepared to play the game with the class.
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