I have been doing project based learning with my 13yr old as it seems to help him with focus. For most areas I find this approach works well. I have been trying to plan a novel study and has chosen "I Am David" as this works well with social studies components such as migration and mapping. I am trying to look at ways of learning the novel and assessing learning outside of the guided questions on each chapter. I like to encourage my learner to think about what he is reading and I normally have him journal his impressions/ reactions to each chapter. I am wondering how much focus I should put on writing an essay at the grade 7 level.