(This is an idea I "borrowed" from somewhere about 15 years ago. I have no idea where; I just know this wasn't my brainchild.)
After finishing To Kill A Mockingbird, the students are to find 10 different examples of advice that Atticus gives his children at different times in the novel. Then, they are to think of advice that their family and friends give them. They have to create a book with the Atticus quotes and their advice from their own family. It has to be pocket sized with a durable cover, and should include color and a little artwork. These guidelines are fairly broad, and it is based loosely on the "Life's Little Instruction Book" by H. Jackson Browne.
Here is a sample of some turned in.
The advice of family is always a great reflection of their homes:
*God gave you a brain, use it!
*Being different makes a difference.
*Suck it up, Buttercup.
*In the end everything will be OK. If it isn't OK, then it isn't the end.
*Be the bigger person.
*Can't never could.
*The way you treat others reflects on your personality--not their's.
*You can't fix stupid.
*Always remember where you came from and where you want to go.
Yep! Sometimes, I really love my job!