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Posted by: Emily5th

Here are some ideas that I currently do in 5th grade.
1. Cereal box. They have to cover a cereal box with paper and decorate according to their novel. On the front they have to make up a cereal name that is relevant to their book (ex. for Harry Potter you could have a cereal called Witches Brew). On the back they have to provide a summary of the novel including main characters, plot, setting, and conflict/resolution. On the top, sides, and bottom they have to create little blurbs that tell about the book. Ex. some students put a "nutritional guide" like 10% excitement, 30% suspense. Other kids do a blurb about the author. Some do advertisements. I tell them to use the real cereal box as a guide to help them decide what to put.

2. Create a newspaper for your novel. The title should be something relevant to the book. There should be letters to the editor about events in the story, classified ads, advertisements, weather report, summary of events, etc...

3. Do a report on the authors life. They must read the book and do a 1 page report on the novel. Then they research the authors life and bring in as many books as they can find that the author has written.

4. Puppet show. Create puppets based on characters in the novel and put on a puppet show as a mini-version of the novel.

5. Time capsule. Items in the time capsule must represent items that would be important to the main character of the novel. They have to bring at least 10 3-d items to represent the character. They must describe each item and why it is important to the main character. The time capsule container must be decorated in fashion according to the novel.

6. Dream house. They must build a dream house of one of the characters in the book. This house must be based on what the character in the book likes, dreams of doing, wishes they could have, etc. It has to be detailed. The more detail the better.

With all of these ideas, they have to present their novel to the class. They must summarize events of the novel and give a "book talk". They have to get the audience interested in reading the book without giving too much away, or leaving the audience confused about the book. They are in essence "selling" the book to the class. They are graded not only for their project, but for their presentation to the class. Their grade is about half and half between the project itself and the presentation to the class.

Hope this helps.

Book reports
Posted by: Dawn

My students are required to read for 20 minutes (minimum) each night for pleasure. So for the second quarter I had my third graders do "Book Commercials." They had 1-2 minutes to "sell" the book to their classmates. They needed to be able to speak comfortably about: Title, author, the characters, the plot, the problem/solution, etc. They really enjoyed the fact that they didn't have to finish a book that didn't hold their interest and still sell the story to others. I rarely had children sell a book they didn't read all the way. And the idea of only having 2 minutes or less to summarize the story was challenging for all. It was most encouraging to see the lowest readers choose books that were a stretch and cause the higher readers to try harder. The run on "Zack Files" stories in the library was overwhelming. We did this for one quarter, about 8 weeks, so every student had to read and sell four books. We used the 20 minutes before library so they could choose a new book for the following commercial. Each of my students has a # so the assignment reminder was as easy as Even numbered Wednesdays were for Even numbered students and Odd on odd. If a student was absent or not ready they could ask for another day in the same week. I would check the reading level of the story on the Accelerated Learning website. Type in the title and get the reading level. Then I would write a note to the student on the good and needs to improve of their report. I would also include the reading level and comment on whether they need to beef it up a level. They also received a grade: O, S, N. This also met our Listening and Speaking standard. Students not giving commercials were given a listening grade. I did this for the second quarter (October-December) which was a good time to be in reading in the evenings. I was amazed how many were disappointed that we didn't continue the commercials the next quarter.

**Now I am looking for some new ideas that will get them ready for Fourth grade type reports. I was hoping to have a "Menu" of book report styles/projects (ie. diorama, character poster, story map, 1 page written summary, etc.) for them to choose from with the plan that they complete one every two to three weeks.

book report in a can
Posted by: Vivian

My daughter who is in second grade did a book report project using a coffee can. Maybe you have heard of it before. It is a fun project for the family to get involved too. Here it is: Using a large coffee can, you cover the outside with construction paper fit to the can. Then on the same paper write title, students name and draw a picture of what the book was about.Second , the student makes his/her own pocket stle glossary book choosing 10 words. You need to include: pronounciation of word, meaning and a sentence showing how you would use the word. Third, make another pocket size booklet with a summary of the book. Third, on the plastic lid, cut two vertical slits about 3 inches apart. Take a lons strip of paper and divide it into individual boxes useing a magic marker. you are on the way to making your own film of your book. All you need to do is fit the long strip of paperwithin the slit of the lid and youcan "roll your report." It sounds difficult but its easier than read. Enjoy!

book reports
Posted by: christine

We do the previous reports and a few others - my kids really love book reports!
We do
- mysterious box: a bit like your 'pringle' book report. 'Reader' choose 5 objects from the book; put them in box; write riddles. Other students must guess what the object is. Reader will explain what the object is doing in the book...
- photo album: kids must find pictures or photos for different parts of the story, characters.. and write a caption. They cut 'frames' out of gift wrap paper or construction paper. Sometimes they 'act' the book and ask a parent to take pictures
- puppets are another favorite: made out of paper bag or a cone of paper. Give me another grade for oral presentation!
- 'Lego' book reports are another favorite: they make a scene of the book out of Legos...
- skit: have 2 kids read the same book then prepare a short skit ( can be just a dialogue from the book) and act it out.
- objects: with shoe boxes,cardboard, papier mache,construction paper etc.. they build an objet from the book ( I had a wonderful papier mache birthday cake the other day). They write info on side or inside.
I write titles of the books on colored paper strips and we loop them across the room...
Hope this helps

easy book reports
Posted by: heather

I teach 6th grade reading, english, and social studies. I really wanted my students to learn better writing skills last year so I came up with my own book reports. Here is the layout:
Book report #


Summary (no more than 2 paragraphs)

Critique (student's opinion and why)

I ask that these not be longer than 1 page. This makes it easy on them and also easier on me for grading. I set up a simple rubric to check by. I just grade for what I expect of them. They receive the rubric after I grade them and they have to take them home to be signed.

My students have to read 4 accelerated reader books per nine weeks (school policy). They must write 3 book reports. I also require that my students do one book project per nine weeks for the fourth book that they read. They can choose which books to use for reports or their project. Projects can include story cubes, story boards, story pyramids, story wheels, grocery bag books, write a new ending for story, write a letter to author, write a letter to a character, interview a character or author, etc. At the end of the nine weeks, my students share their projects with the other students.

My classes are departmentalized so this makes the grading so much easier on me and it still covers all of the objectives that I need to cover.

Hope this is helpful and not confusing!!!

Re: Book reports
Posted by: Michelle

One of my supervising teachers did Pringle's Potato Chip reports. The kids each brought a can of pringles and were allowed to munch on them while reading their books. When the cans were empty, they wiped them out. They put items in the can representing various parts of the story. When they presented their reports, they pulled the items out one at a time and told about them. They saved the title for last and the other kids tried to guess. I've also seen teachers have the kids cut "potato chips" from construction paper and write/draw responses to questions. You could also do something similar with paper bags if you don't want to use chip containers.

I also like sandwich or hamburger book reports. Using construction paper, create the different parts of a sandwich - bread (2 slices), meat, mayo, lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickles, etc. Have students write about a different story element on each one. Stack up your sandwich parts and staple them together like a flip book.

Of course you can always do a mobile, too. They look good hanging from the ceiling. You can also have kids create ads or board games based on their books. I also like having them assume the role of the author and be interviewed either by you or by another student.

book reports
Posted by: Steph

Hi Emmy!
I also do a book report a month but rather than having them do a written report each month, they have to chose from one of four projects to do. Below I have attached what I will give to my 4/5 grade students for the 1st semester. I hope that is helps.

Dear Students,
Just as in years past, you will be doing 4 book projects each semester. The dates that these projects will be do this fall are: Sept. 21, Oct 19, Nov 16, and Dec. 15. Below you will find 4 different options for you to chose from. You will read your book for 30 minutes each night (once the book has been approved by me) for one month. At the end of that month you will complete one of the projects below and present them to the class on each of the following dates. You can only use each project idea one time. Therefore by the end of the 1st semester you will have done each of the ideas below. The order in which you do them will be up to you. They are very fun and creative ways to present a book. I am looking forward to your presentationsļ

1.Scrap Book: Think about all the kinds of memories you would put into a scrapbook if you had one then create a scrapbook for one of the characters in your book. Cut out pictures from magazines or draw the pictures that would help create memories for that character. Your scrapbook needs to be at least 3 pages and with it you need to have a one page paper explaining why you chose these items for your character¡¦s scrapbook.

2.Find five photos or magazine pictures that would be significant to your stories main character. Put them on a poster and next to the pictures write an explanation of what these pictures would be significant to the main character.

3.Sell It! You will pretend to be a publicist for the book that you just read. You will write and then deliver a 60-second speech that will persuade other students that they should read the book. Make sure you spend some time on this. You need to be prepared and know how you are going to persuade your audience to read this book. You will turn in the written speech.

4.Glossary and Word Search. You will create a glossary of twenty words that are specific to the book's tone, setting, or characters. You will define each word and write a sentence FROM THE BOOK that includes that word. Then you will create a word search puzzle that includes the glossary words.

Along with these projects, you will be asked to tell the class what your book was about and I will ask you up to five specific questions about your book. Make sure you are reading and that you come prepared for these presentations!!

book reports
Posted by: christine

I love book reports!!! I ask kids to write them for 2 reasons:
1)I can be sure they actually read the book!
2) I display most reports on a special bb. Since kids want to see their work on the wall, they try really hard to make a good book report or to read a nice book everyone will ooohhh and ahhh about.
I basically ask the same thing everytime: title, author, main character, summary, opinion. But I give my students about 20 different options for presentation like mobile, puppets, mysterious box, advertisement, collage etc...We've been doing book reports every other week and everyone knows it's book report week!

book reports
Posted by: heidi

My seventh graders just finished their book reports. They had to get 15 words from the book and define them,and write 10-15 fact/ opioin statemtents and the book. The big part of the report was a project. I gave them several ideas to choose from, like: a mobile, diorama, travel brochure ( focusing on the setting), postcard ( they had to draw the setting on one side and write a letter from ane character to another on the other side), stand-up characters w/ acharacter sketch on the back, make puppets and act out an interesting part of the book, and poster advertising their book. The students had so much fun during this project. I hope this helped.

book reports
Posted by: Amy

I have a whole list of book report alternatives.

Here are a few!
Make up a riddle about the book or any part of it.
Plan an interview with a story character.
Write a newspaper
Write a letter to the author especially if you liked the book or have a quesiton.
Make a family tree of the main character.
Write a letter to the main character
Tell why you would like to meet a particular character.
Make a mobile about the book
Muraling - this could be done as a class, too
Cubing - I love this idea
Make a new dust jacket for the book
Time line of important events

Many more!!! Too many to share at once!

Powerpoint Book Reports
Posted by: Stephanie

This past year I taught 7th and 8th grade students with learning disabilities. All students selected a book within thier reading range as determined by the STAR Reader program. Once the book was completed, students had to develop a draft of their presentation on paper. They were required to include a slide for the following:
title (1 slide)
setting (1 slide)
3 characters (3 slides)
conflict/problem (1 slide)
3 events (3 slides)
solution (1 slide)
Character analysis (how the character changed) 1 slide
All drafts had to be approved by me before they were permitted to begin the Power Point presentation.
Once the presentations were completed, each student presented their show on a big screen using an IN FOCUS projector. They Loved It!!!

This could be used for any Grade. Just adjust the requirements to meet the abilities of the students.

**Very detailed instructions
**Unless the students are experienced with the program I suggest having them to a VERY basic show first. Use the same template, No backgrounds, clip art, changing the font style or size etc. Once they have this "basic" show finished allow them to add the details. If you don't set these guidelines they will spend hours on the first 2 or 3 slides and it will take them forever to finish the entire show.

Book responses
Posted by: Steph A.

Depending on the book, students can respond in a variety of ways. Some books lend themselves to text to self connections..."this book (or character) reminded of ...". Text to text connectiona are another route to go. It is also fun for children to practice summarizing by "advertising" the book, similar to Reading rainbow. I wouldn't overdo home book reports, because having to respond all the time will take the joy of reading from the child. We want the kiddies to LOVE reading! I'd perhaps use class time in a writer's workshop format to model and work on 'book reports".

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Posted by: mmw

Just this year, instead of traditional book reports, I started giving the kids book responses to complete every other week. This week's is a character description. I drew a basic person shape on a sheet and ran it off for each child. They need to cut it out (or they can draw their own) and trace it on poster board or something sturdier that. Next, dress the figure...draw, cut and paste, use fabric, anything and then on the back write a 3 sentence description (at least) of the character.

There is a direction sheet and rubric that goes home with each project. The rubric has really upped the quality of the work in terms of correct spelling, neatness, following directions, etc.

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Posted by: Jody

I have my students do a paper bag book report. They read a book (their choice). Then they decorate a brown paper bag with a scene from the book or draw a picture of the cover (be creative I tell them). Next they take an item from the story and place it in the bag. A sample would be Green Eggs and Ham. They would guessed it, a green egg. Proceeding the student presenting would give 3 clues about the object in the bag but not before first sharing the book. This includes saying the title and author, giving a brief summary and reading a page from the book. It's a lot of fun - hope it helps!

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book reports
Posted by: tia

chris, years ago i decided that one of my goals in reading was to get kids to expand their reading horizons and read books in genres other than those in their "comfort zone".

each month we focus on a different genre.
i talk about the genre and build it up--even my least favorite, ugh, historical fiction.

my read aloud book is from this genre, the stories or novel we read that month is from the genre, and so is the book of their choosing for their book report.

my book reports change from time to time--like this year, i want to change one to a powerpoint presentation...

but here follows the usual:

1. auto/biography--students become the person they read about (with costume and props) and present their lives (i've heard of teachers who have a wax museum--students stand there in costume--visitors are invited, and when they press some button, the kids recites his/her info.)

2. non-fiction--students demonstrate (with a large prop--poster, replica...) to the class what they learned about the subject--man, i've learned a lot of things from them!

3. classic or award winner--the traditional 4 paragraph report 1P=plot 2P=interesting character 3P=interesting part of book 4P=

4. mystery (my favorite! 1 excellent mystery for 6th graders is the westing game--i like to read the treasure of alpheus winterborn at the same time--great compare/contrast books!!!)
anyway, here i have students write me a letter from a character in the book (doesn't have to be the detective--could be the bad guy or a "flat" character). the letter has 3 paragraphs: description of self, what the mystery is, and how it is solved.

5.humor create a diorama of the funniest scene in the book and place a 3x5 card on top explaining it

6. fantasy/sci-fi create a mobile--with four parts--each part has an illustration and a description of something from the book that is "fantastical"

7. historical fiction (did i say yuk?)
i have them create a new cover for the book--front is illustration, title, and author
front inside is a paragraph summary
back inside is an explanation of what makes the book hs. fctn.
back is opinion

8.adventure poster with illustration showing an adventurous part--lots of description and adjectives--like a movie poster

9. realistic fiction--create a 3-D poster with stuff they find around the school and house
representations of character, plot, mood, setting must be present--and explanations for each thing must be on the back

i ALWAYS show them what i expect. i do book reports too so they can SEE what i'm talking about and compare their effort to how much effort i put into my book reports.

my classroom library is organized by genre, and the books all have a genre sticker on them to make it easier for them. at the beginning of the month, i share and book talk with them some of my recommends for that genre.

Many great ideas!
Posted by: Katie

This is going to be a long one, but I have used many of these ideas and they are great!

Make A Book Report Sandwich!
The teacher commissioned a friend to draw slices of ham, tomato, and Swiss cheese; lettuce leaves;
a layer of mayonnaise, and a couple of slices of bread. Then she photocopied the drawings onto
appropriately colored sheets of paper -- ham on pink, tomato on red, Swiss cheese on yellow, etc.
The sheets served as the ingredients for her students' book report sandwiches.
On the top slice of bread, each student wrote the title and the author of the book the student had just finished reading. On the lettuce, the student wrote a brief summary of the book. The
student wrote about the main character on the tomato slice. On the mayonnaise, the student described the book's setting. The student shared the book's climax on the Swiss cheese.
On the ham slice, the student described the plot. On the bottom piece of bread, the student drew a
favorite scene from the story.
Students stapled together their sandwich layers, then slapped their concoctions up on a bulletin
board headlined "We're Hungry for Good Books!"
The project made fun out of what can be a pretty hum-drum activity. Even better, the bulletin board
served as a menu for students who were ravenous for a good read. All they had to do was grab a
sandwich to learn whether a particular book might satisfy their appetites!

Book In A Bag, An Envelope, An Oatmeal Box
After choosing and reading a book, each student selected a book report container. The container
could be a plastic bag, a manila envelope, a can, or anything else that might be appropriate for a
book. Students decorated their containers to convey some of the major details, elements, or themes found in the books. When the containers were complete, students went to work on the contents of their containers. They were instructed to include the following:
· Questions Write ten questions based on the book. Five of the questions can be about general
content, but the other five must require more thinking.
· Vocabulary Create a ten-word glossary of unfamiliar words from the book.
· Things Include five things that have a connection to the story.
The third and final part of the project was the student presentation. Each student presented a "Book in " project to the class. In the presentation, the student explained the connection of the container to the story, conducted a show and tell about the five things, and then shared information about three of the book's literary elements -- setting, characters, conflicts, climax, or resolution.

Descriptive writing.
(Use this activity to supplement a class lesson in descriptive prose writing.) Have each student read aloud the best example of descriptive prose found in the book he or she is currently reading. The student should write a paragraph explaining why the excerpt is a particularly good example of
descriptive prose. The paragraph might include some of the adjectives the author used to set the
Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down!
Each student writes a review of the book he or she just finished reading -- in the style of a movie review. The student concludes by awarding a thumbs up or thumbs down on the book. This activity could be even more fun if two students read the same book. They could plan a lively interaction, a la and Ebert and Roeper, about the book, which could be videotaped for all to see!

Character Trait Diagram.
Each student creates a Venn diagram to illustrate similarities and differences in the traits of two of the main characters in a book just completed. (A student might elect to create a Venn diagram
showing similarities and differences between the book's main character and the student!)
Surfing the Net.
Where did the story take place? When did it take place? Each student surfs the Net to find five
Internet sites that others might check out before they read the book so they will know more about
the book's setting or time period.

Write a Letter to the Author.
After reading a book, each student shares reactions to the book in a letter written to its author. If a student writes to an author who is still alive, you might actually mail the letter.

Sell It!
Each student pretends to be a publicist for the book that's just been read. The student writes and
then delivers a 60-second speech that will persuade other students that they should read the book.Writing and speaking persuasively will be especially difficult if the student didn't like the book. If that's the case, the student can share that fact after completing the speech.

Create a Card Catalog.
After reading a book, a student completes an index card with information about the book. The front of the card includes details such as title, author, and date published along with a two- to three-sentence synopsis of the book. On the back of the card, the student writes a paragraph critiquing the book. Students might even rate the book using a teacher-created five-star rating system. Example: A five-star book is "highly recommended; a book you can't put down." Completed cards are kept in a card file near the classroom bookshelf or in the school library.

Interview a Character.
Each student composes six to eight questions to ask a main character in a book just completed. The
student also writes the character's response to each question. The questions and answers should
provide information that shows the student read the book without giving away the most significant

Ten Facts.
Each student creates a "Ten Facts About [book title]" sheet that lists ten facts he or she learned from reading the book. The facts, written in complete sentences, must include details the student didn't know before reading the book.

Script It!
Each student writes a movie script for a favorite scene in a book just read. At the top of the script, the student can assign real-life TV or movie stars to play each role. The student might also work with classmates to perform the favorite scene.

Each student will need 30 index cards to create a Concentration-style game related to a book just
finished. The student chooses 14 things, characters, or events that played a part in the book and creates two cards that have identical pictures of each of those things. The two remaining cards are marked Wild Card! Then the student turns all 30 cards facedown and mixes them up. Each student can choose a partner with whom to play according to the rules of Concentration.

What Did You Learn?
Each student writes a summary of what he or she learned from a book just completed. The summary
might include factual information, something learned about people in general, or something the
student learned about himself or herself.

Glossary and Word Search.
Each student creates a glossary of ten or more words that are specific to a book's tone, setting, or characters. The student defines each word and writes a sentence from the book that includes that word. Then the student creates a word search puzzle that includes the glossary words. Students can exchange their glossaries and word searches with others in the class.

In the News!
Each student creates the front page of a newspaper that tells about events and characters in a book just read. The newspaper page might include weather reports, an editorial or editorial cartoon, ads, etc. The title of the newspaper should be something appropriate to the book.

Create a Comic Book.
Each student can turn a book, or part of it, into a comic book, complete with comic-style
illustrations and dialogue bubbles.

Characters Come to Life!
Each student creates life-size "portraits" of one of the characters from a book just read. The portrait should include a written piece that tells about the character. The piece might also include information about events, traits, or conflicts in the book that involve that character. Hang the students' portraits in a class gallery.

Prove It in Five Minutes!
Each student gives a 150-second (2-minute) oral presentation in which he or she shares
information about a book's plot and characters. The student closes the presentation by offering an
opinion and recommendation about the book. Then students in the audience have 150 seconds to question the presenter about the book. If the presenter is able to prove in five minutes
that he or she read the book, the student is excused from filing a written report about it.

Picture Books.
After reading a book, each student creates a picture book version of the story that would appeal to younger students. The students can then share the picture books with a group of young students.

Resume Writing.
As a tie-in to your career education program, challenge each student to create a resume for a book character. The student should include in the resume a statement of the applicant's goals and a
detailed account of his or her experience and outside interests.

Character Trait Chart.
Each student creates a chart with three columns. Each column is headed with the name of one of the
book's characters. As the student reads the book, he or she can keep a record of the traits each
character possesses and include an incident that supports each trait.

Theme Report.
Challenge each student to select a concept or a thing from the book just finished and to use library or Internet resources to explore it further. The student then writes a two-page report that shares information about the topic.

To learn more about the setting of a book, each student writes a one-page report explaining how that setting was important to the story.

"Dear Diary."
Invite each student to create a diary or journal and write at least five entries that might have been written by a character in a book just read. The entries should share details about the story that will prove the student read the book.


Posted by: hescollin

BOOK REPORT IDEAS We send this list home to parents the first day of school. And have extra copies for parent conference, because one or two will ask for another copy. Have it ready to hand to them at that time.
1. Make a book jacket depicting the characters, setting and theme of your book. Put a short summary on the inside flap.
2. Use photographs and captions to make a family album or scrapbook.
3. Make a home movie or filmstrip.
4. Make a comic strip.
5. Make a colorful illustrated time line or map for historical books.
6. Construct a mobile
7. Construct a diorama
8. Design a set of T-shirts to suit the characters.
9. Make a clay, soap, wood, or plaster models.
10. Make a collection or keepsake box of souvenirs from the story.
11. Make a mural
12. Give a flannel board talk
13. Make a bulletin board
14. Construct a jigsaw puzzle based on the book
15. Design a coloring book around the characters and events.
16. Make a board game
17. Make a series (3 or more) of bookmarks representing your book
18. Make a word search or crossword puzzle
19. Make a wanted poster for an appropriate character.
20. Make a family tree.
21. Write a book review
22. Write a movie script for part of the book
23. Write a different ending
24. Write a letter to a friend to recommend the book
25. Write a letter to the author of a favorite book. If possible, mail the letter to the author in care of the publisher. Wait for an exciting reply.
26. Write a letter to the editor of one of the many juvenile magazines about your favorite book. You might be lucky enough to get it published!
27. Think up a new adventure, incident or experience to add to the book.
28. Make a newspaper. Include events that could have occurred when and where the story took place.
29. Develop a dictionary for a character in the book. It should include words that he or she particularly liked to use as well as definitions that character would have given the words.
30. Write lost and found columns for objects and people in the book
31. Write a series of letters or postcards from one character to another.
32. Write a series of "Dear Abby" letters from characters. Answer with your advice.
33. Write several diary entries for the main characters.
34. Make a test (with answer key for the other students to take)
35. Conduct an interview between the author and characters, between you and a character, or between two characters.
36. Make a nomination speech for your book for either the Caldecott or Newbery Award.
37. Dress as one the characters and tell about yourself or tell about the other characters from your point of view. Be the voice of your character!
38. Produce a quiz show involving several students who have read the same book.
39. Give a video presentation of the book
40. Create a puppet show using stick, finger, glove or hand puppets
41. Hold a panel discussion or debate when several students have read the same book
42. Retell the story to a group of younger children
43. Make a movie of your book using a series of 10 pictures. Attach to paper towel rolls. Tell the story as you show the pictures.
44. Dress dolls to show characters from your book
45. Act out the story: several students read the same story and work together
46 Give an oral summary of the book
47 Compare two books on the same subject: two books on different subjects; or two books by the same author
48. Share books about how to make or do things either by oral demonstrations or written directions.
49. Give a sales talk. Act as a salesman trying to convince the class to read the book
50. Find information on the author to share with the class
51. Write a short story about what you would have done if you were one of the characters in the story.
52. Share books of poetry by:
---------Choral reading
---------Writing a poem of your own
---------Acting out poetry
---------Accompanying the poem with various rhythmic activities
---------Setting a verse to music
---------Adding additional stanzas to your favorite poems.
*favorite part
*2 likes, 2 dislikes
*character web
*setting illustration w/ a sentence
*sequencing - first, next, last; first, then, next, after
This site has over 100 book report ideas……

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Egg characters
Posted by: Susan S.

Something one of my students said she did before was to decorate a plastic Easter egg to look like the main character of a book. They could do that together and have a ball with it. Just have plenty of art supplies on-hand. If you wanted something more elaborate, you could make the Easter basket the "setting" and decorate that as well. They would make nice displays in the library.

Posted by: Joan

1. Read two non-fiction books on the same subject and compare and contrast them.
2. If you read a book that has been made into a movie, write an essay comparing the movie version with the book.(Caution: it must have been a book FIRST. Books written from screenplays are not acceptable.)
3. Write and perform an original song that tells the story of the book.
4. Create a newspaper for your book. Summarize the plot in one article, cover the weather in another, do a feature story on one of the more interesting characters in another. Include an editorial and a collection of ads that would be pertinent to the story.
5. Do a collage/poster showing pictures or 3-d items that related to the book, and then write a sentence or two beside each one to show its significance.
6. Make a book jacket for the book or story. Include a summary for the back of the jacket.
7. Make a mobile about the story.
8. Compare and contrast two characters in the story. Include colored drawings of those characters.
9. Sketch a favorite part of the book--don't copy an already existing illustration. Write a paragraph describing why this was your favorite part.
10. Make a flow chart of all the events in the book.
11. Compare and contrast this book to another.
12. Build a miniature stage setting of a scene in the book. Include a written explanation of the scene.
13. Make a poster advertising your book so someone else will want to read it.
14. Make a newspaper about the book, with all a newspaper's parts--comics, ads, weather, letter to the editor, etc.
15. Make a cutout of one of the characters and write about them in the parts.
16. Write a book review as it would be done for a newspaper. ( Be sure you read a few before writing your own.)
17. If you read a non-fiction book, tell at least 5 things you leaned while reading the book.
18. If you are reading the same book as one or more others are reading, dramatize a scene from the book. Write a script and have several rehearsals before presenting it to the class.
19. Make a travel brochure advertising the setting of the story.
20. Rewrite the story, and divides into 8 parts. Make this into a little book of 3 folded pages, stapled in the middle (Outside paper is for title and author of the book.)
21. Make a game board using problems from the book as ways to get ahead or to be put back.
22. Make several sketches of some of the scenes in the book and label them.
23. Dress as one of the characters and act out a characterization.
24. Suddenly the book becomes a best seller. Write a letter to a movie producer trying to get that person interested in making your book into a movie. Explain why the story, characters, conflicts, etc., would make a good film. Suggest a filming location and the actors to play the various roles. YOU MAY ONLY USE BOOKS WHICH HAVE NOT ALREADY BEEN MADE INTO MOVIES.
25. Construct a diorama (three-dimensional scene which includes models of people, buildings, plants, and animals) of one of the main events of the book. Include a written description of the scene.
26. Write a FULL (physical, emotional, relational) description of three of the characters in the book. Draw a portrait to accompany each description.
27. Make a poster about the book using two or more of the following media: paint, crayons, chalk, paper, ink, real materials.
28. Write a one sentence summary of each chapter and illustrate the sentence.
29. Make a bookmark for the book, drawing a character on the front, giving a brief summary of the book on back after listing the title and author.
30. Rewrite the story for younger children in picture book form.

While they are reading
Posted by: Tabitha/5th

You can have a question of the day and a Skill of the day.
The question of the day is used to help your students focus on the elements of their story.

Character Questions:
* Who is the main charater? Write a description of this character.
* Does the main charatcer seem to be a real person? Tell why or why not.
* How are you a like or different from the main character in this story?
* What problem does the main character face?
* What is the main charater's main goal?

Setting Questions:
* Does the setting influence the mood the author is trying ot create? Explain
* Describe the setting in detail.
* How is the setting necessary for plot development?
* Does the author use many descripitive words to describe the setting? Name some of the words.
* Does weather play an important role in the story? Explain you answer.

Theme Questions:
* What is the most importnat idea, message, or lesson the author is trying to get across in the story?
* Is the theme clearly stated or is it implied? Give an example.
* What does the story mean to you?
* Does this story have one theme or several? What is the theme(s)?
* Why do you think the author chose to tell this story? What is the most important idea we are supposed to remember?

Plot Questions:
* What is the climax(the most exciting part) of the story?
* What is the conflict or problem to be solved?
* How is the problem solved?
* List several events that lead up to the climax.
* Tell about the conflict or the basic struggle in this story. Is the conflict between two characters, one character versus him/herself, a character and society, or a character and nature?

Skill of the day your can students complete independently.
* Such as identifying the main idea.
* Characterization and sequencing.
* Answer questions about the book they are reading to make them connect to their world. Such as:
Form whose point of view is the story told? support your answer.
Choose a new title for this story. Explain why you made this choice.
Compare this book with others you have read on the same topic. How would you rate this book? Create a rating scale.
Did you like the way the book ended? Tell why or why not. How would you have chosen to write the ending?

Have them retell the book or the part they are reading in their own words in a reading response journal.

Hope this helps. I got most of the questions from the book "Literature Circles Using Student Interactions To Improve reading Comprehension" by Crative Teaching Press. You can use these questions for just about any book.