Students may choose from any of the following book report ideas. All book reports must be accompanied by a summary that includes but is not limited to the following:
Do not give away the ending!
- PowerPoint Presentation - Create a PowerPoint Presentation, (5 slide minimum), based on the book or a character in the book. Make sure the background and graphics are relevant to the book and the story.
- Poster - Draw a poster advertising your book of either characters from the book or a scene in the book. On the bottom write either the summary or some other brief enticement.
- Diorama - Pick the most important scene from your book. Create a diorama of a scene from the book. For construction of a diorama you will use a shoebox as your stage and make 3-D characters. The characters must me completely colored. The setting is shown on the inside of the shoebox.
- Mobile - Create various shapes including pictures, key words, descriptive paragraphs, provocative questions, title and authorís name, and graphics suspend them all using string tied to a wire coat hanger
- Vest - Take a large paper grocery sack and slit it down the font. Arm holes and a v-neck can be added. This basic vest can be designed and colored to retell or represent your story.
- Book Jacket - Design a book jacket for the book. Whether you use the inside folds or the back cover for the summary is up to you. The cover should fit the book.
- Sculpture of a Character - Use any combination of soap, wood, clay, sticks, wire, stones, old toy pieces, or any other object. An explanation of how this character fits into the book should accompany the sculpture.
- Interview a Character - Write at least ten questions that will give the character the opportunity to discuss his/her thoughts and feelings about his/her role in the story. However you choose to present your interview is up to you.
- Write a Diary - Write a few diary entries that one of the story's main characters might have kept before, during, or after the book's events. Remember that the character's thoughts and feelings are very important in a diary. (Must have at least 5 entries.)
- Puppet Theater - Construct puppets and present a show of one or more interesting parts of the book.
- Monologue - Dress as one of the characters and act out a characterization. Describe yourself, tell what your role is in the book, and say how you relate to the other characters.
- Sell it to Hollywood - Imagine that you are the author of the book you have just read. 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. (This may only be done with books that are not already movies)
- In the News - Write a book review as it would be done for a newspaper. (Be sure you read a few before writing your own.)
- Front Page - Write a feature article (with a headline) that tells the story of the book as it might be found on the front page of a newspaper in the town where the story takes place.
- Traveling - If the story of your book takes place in another country, prepare a travel brochure using pictures you have found or drawn. What types of activities would there be for a tourist to attend?
- Timeline - Make an illustrated timeline showing events of the story and draw a map showing the location(s) where the story took place.
- Critique the Film -Read a book that has been made into a movie. Then watch the movie. (Caution: it must have been a book FIRST. Books written from screenplays are not acceptable.) Write an essay comparing the movie version with the book.
- Comic - Create a mini-comic book complete with bubble-style conversations showing relating a chapter of the book. (Caution: The dialogue should match that of the book.)
- Sing! - Write and perform an original song that tells the story of the book.
- On the News - Be a TV or radio reporter, and give a report of a scene from the book as if it is happening "live".
- Collage - 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.
- Newspaper - 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.
- Model - Make a model of something in the story.
- Looking Through Other's Eyes - Rewrite a part of the story from a different point of view.
- What if? - Choose one part of the story that reached a climax. If something different had happened then, how would it have affected the outcome?
- Looking Ahead - Write about one of the character's life twenty years from now.
- Artifacts - Choose five "artifacts" from the book that best illustrate the happenings and meanings of the story. Tell why you chose each one.
- Conflicts and Resolutions - Stories are made up; on conflicts and solutions. Choose three conflicts that take place in the story and give the solutions. Is there one that you wish had been handled differently?
- Write a Letter - Write a letter (10-sentence minimum) to the main character of your book asking questions, protesting a situation, and/or making a complaint and/or a suggestion. Then write the letter he/she sends back.
- Get into the book - Pretend that you are going to join the characters in the story. What things will you need to pack? Why? Think carefully, for you will be there for a week, and there is no going back home to get something!
- Board Game - Make board game based on the book using problems from the book as ways to get ahead or to be put back.(Shoots and Ladders is a good pattern) By playing your game, members of the class should learn what happened in the book.
- Big as Life -Make a life-sized stand-up character of one of the people in the book. On the back list the name and the characteristics of the person.
- Bookmark - Mark 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.
- Test Your Knowledge - Write a quiz for the book. Include 10 true-false, 10 multiple choice, and 10 short essay questions. After writing the test, provide the answers for your questions.
- Gifts - Choose an interesting character from your book. Consider the character's personality, likes and dislikes. Decide on a gift for him or her... something he or she would really like and use. Design a greeting card to go along with your gift. In the greeting, explain to your friend from the book why you selected the gift.
- Rewrite - Pretend the ending of the book had been ripped out. Make up your own ending to the book.
- Obituary - Create a gravestone and write an obituary for one of the characters. Be sure to include life-time accomplishments.
- Add a Character - Add a new character and explain what you would have him/her do in the story.
- Recommendation - Choose a job for one of the characters in the book and write letter of recommendation. Be sure to include why he/she would be best suited for this job.
- Get a Date - Write an ad for a dating service for one of the characters. Be sure to include all their good qualities and achievements.
- Get Elected - Nominate one of the characters for an office in local, state or national government. Which office should they run for? What are the qualities that would make them be good for that office?
- A Day in the Life - Pretend that you can spend a day with one of the characters. Which character would you choose? Why? What would you do?
- The Sequel - Write the plot for a sequel to this book.
- The Missing Chapter - Write a scene that could have happened in the book you read but didn't. After you have written the scene, explain how it would have changed the outcome of the book.
- Picture Book - Rewrite the story for younger children in picture book form.
- And in This Evening's News... - Write the plot of the story as if it were a story on the evening news.
- Mail Call - Write a letter from one character to another character. The letter could have been written before, during, or after the book's events. Remember that the character's thoughts and feelings are very important in a letter.
- Map Making - If the book involved a journey was detailed, draw a map with explanatory notes of significant places.
- Enquiring Minds Want To Know - For fun, exaggerate either characteristics or events and write a tabloid-style news story related to your book.
- Rename the Book - Decide on an alternate title for the book. Why is it appropriate? Is it better than the one the book has now? Why or Why not?
- License - Make an ID card which belongs to one of the characters. Be sure to make the card look like the cards for that particular state. Include a picture and all information found on and ID card. Don't forget the signature!!
- Story-Teller - Dress up as one of the characters and tell the story from a first person point of view.
- Dictionary - Make a dictionary containing 25 or more difficult words from the book.
- Research - Choose any topic from your book and write a 1-2 page research report on it. Include a one paragraph explanation as to how it applies to your book (not in the paper itself--on your "title page.")
- Wanted - Make a "wanted" poster for one of the characters or objects in your book. Include the following: (a) a drawing or cut out picture of the character or object, (b) a physical description of the character or object, (c) the character's or object's misdeeds (or deeds?), (d) other information about the character or object which is important, (e) the reward offered for the capture of the character or object.
- Location, Location, Location - Research and write a 1 page report on the geographical setting of your story. Include an explanation as to why this setting was important to the effect of the story.
- Be a Promoter - Design an advertising campaign to promote the sale of the book you read. Include each of the following: a poster, a radio or TV commercial, a magazine or newspaper ad, a bumper sticker, and a button.
- On the WWW - Find the top 10 web sites a character in your book would most frequently visit. Include 2-3 sentences for each on why your character likes each of the sites.
- On Trial - You are a prosecuting attorney putting one of the characters from the book you read on trial for a crime or misdeed. Prepare your case on paper, giving all your arguments.
- Phone Call - In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield describes a good book as one that "when you're done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it." Imagine that the author of the book you read is a terrific friend of yours. Write out an imaginary telephone conversation between the two of you in which you discuss the book you read and other things as well.
- Tour Guide - Imagine that you have been given the task of conducting a tour of the town in which the book you read is set. Make a tape describing the homes of your characters and the places where important events in the book took place. You may want to use a musical background for your tape.
- Be the Teacher - After reading a non-fiction book, become a teacher. Prepare a lesson that will teach something you learned from the book. It could be a "how-to" lesson or one on content. Plan carefully to present all necessary information in a logical order. You don't want to confuse your students! Present your lesson to your students. How did you do? If you taught a "how-to" lesson, look at the final product to see if your instructions to the class were clear. If your lesson introduced something new, you might give a short quiz to see how well you taught the lesson.
- Story Tower - Use strips of tagboard, 6x36 inches. They are divided into three equal parts plus a little tab so they can be folded and glued together giving you a triangle with three writing surfaces. Each folded strip of paper can be part of the book. You can begin with the title, author, and main characters. You can also draw and write about the beginning, middle, and end of the book. Your finished sections can be stacked in multiple variations.
- Book In a Box - You need a small flat box with a lid. The story you read is retold on foldout paper, just like a foldout. The back of the last page is glued to the bottom of the box and the first page (which is left blank) is glued to the lid. when the box is closed, you have a book in a box. When it is opened, you can tell your story. The top of the box can be designed as a cover.
- Book Parade -Use a shoebox to create a float that advertises your book. The body can be built on the shoebox with wheels attached underneath out of sight.
- Quadraramas - Quadraramas are four triaramas put together. Triaramas are made from 9" square construction paper. fold diagonally twice. Open. There should be an X fold pattern on the paper. Cut from one corner to the middle on a fold line. Overlap the bottom triangles and glue or staple. Background should be drawn on the top two triangles before gluing. Then decorate like you would make a diorama, scenes from the book. Glue 4 triaramas together in order. It will then stand nicely on the table for display
- Info-Spheres - Creation:
1. You need to create a large (symmetrical) flower with only four petals on the 9x12 sheet.
2. On one petal: Write the title of the book, the author's name, and your name.
3. On the second petal: Write the name of the main character. Describe this character using three verbs, three nouns, and six adjectives
4. On the third petal: Write a brief summary of the book's plot.
5. On the last petal: Describe the setting of the book. Use words and/or pictures to tell where and when the story took place.
1. Carefully cut out the flower.
2. Using a hole puncher, make a hole in the center of the flower.
3. Choose an object from the book that symbolizes the story. Use colored paper and other craft materials to create a figure to represent that object. The figure must be small enough to fit inside the completed ornament.
4. Tie one end of the string to the top of the figure, thread the other end of the string through the hole.
5. Glue the ends of the four petals together by carefully curing each strip around the center figure and then overlapping the tips.
These ideas have been collected from other teachers and the following websites:
http://www.ftschool.org/fourth/help_items/book.projects.html, http://www.teachnet.com/lesson/langarts/reading/bookrepts1.html, and http://www.teachnet.com/lesson/langarts/foldedbkrpts071599.html