Sunday, August 30, 2009

Creative Book Report Ideas

Book Report Sandwiches
1. On the top slice of "bread," write the title and the author of the book .
2. On the "lettuce" write a brief summary of the book.
3. Write about the main character on the "tomato slice."
4. On the "mayonnaise," describe the book's setting.
5. Share the book's climax on the "swiss cheese."
6. On the "ham slice," describe the plot.
7. On the "bottom piece of bread," draw a favorite scene from the story.

Write a Letter to the Author
After reading a book, share your reactions to the book in a letter written to its author. If a student writes to an author who is still alive, they could actually mail the letter.

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, like movie critics, about the book!

Ten Facts
Create 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!
Write 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.

Using 30 index cards, create a Concentration-style game related to a book just finished. Choose 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! 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.

Book In a Container... Bag, Envelope, Oatmeal box, Etc.
(Any container will do)

The Outside:
Choose any container for your book project. You may choose any container that suits your needs or theme of your book (manila envelop, paper bag, plastic bag, can with a cover, box, or any other container that you can imagine. Be creative!) Decorate the container with details appropriate to the book. We should know something about the book by examining the outside. Be sure your name and title of book are labeled.

The Inside:
The inside of the container should include materials and activities pertaining to the book.
1. Questions - Write 10 questions that could be answered by reading the book that you have chosen to read for this assignment. Five of the questions should be easier questions with answers that are obvious simply by reading the book. Five of the questions should be harder questions with answers that require more thinking.

2. Vocabulary - A ten word glossary of unfamiliar words from the book and a short definition for each word. Each word needs to be used in a new meaningful sentence.

3. Other - Five items that depict the story in some way. These items may be actual items.

Literature Elements:
The following elements must be presented and labeled somewhere in your project:
1. Setting(s)
2. Character(s)
3. Conflict(s) External or Internal
4. Climax
5. Resolution

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