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Book Reports for Miss Weir's 7th grade class

Book Project Packet

English 7

On this page are the choice and directions for all the book projects you need to complete before the end of the year. It is very important not to loose this address! Each time a book report is assigned you may review this page and choose a project to complete. The order in which you complete these projects is entirely up to you, but all projects must be completed by the end of the year. You must do each project only one time, meaning you must select a different genre of literature each time you do a review. If at any time you wish to do extra credit projects, please see me to discuss what project you are interested in completing twice.

Biography Choices

Nonfiction Choices

Historical Fiction Choices

Science Fiction Choices

Mystery Choices

Fiction Choices

Poetry Choices

Biography | Historical Fiction | Fiction#1 | Fiction#2 | Mystery | Non-fiction#1 | Non-fiction#2 | Poetry | Science Fiction

Poetry For this project you will read some poetry of your choice and write a reaction to the poem you selected. Project Criteria: Choose FIVE poems that you really like. Read them; think about what they are saying. Look for things in the poems that really appeal to you. Write a 3-paragraph reaction to each poem. Paragraphs should be structured as follows: Paragraph 1 – Tell us what the poem is about. Paragraph 2 – Tell us why you like this poem. How does it relate to you? What does it say to you? Paragraph 3 – what features does this poem have that stood out to you? Did you like its language? Structure? Rhythm? Rhyme? Include a copy of the poem with your written paragraph. / The copies may either be handwritten or you can photocopy them. Write a one-page report on the life of one poet who wrote one of the poems you selected. Book Reports for Miss Weir's 7th grade class ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Book Project Packet

English 7

On this page are the choice and direction for all the book projects you need to complete before the end of the year. It is very important not to loose this address! Each time a book report is assigned you may review this page and choose a project to complete. The order in which you complete these projects is entirely up to you, but all projects must be completed by the end of the year. You must do each project only one time, meaning you must select a different genre of literature each time you do a review. If at any time you wish to do extra credit projects, please see me to discuss what project you are interested in completing twice.

Biography | Historical Fiction | Fiction #1 | Fiction #2 | Mystery | Non-fiction #1 | Non-fiction #2 | Poetry | Science Fiction

Biography

Introduction:

Who is your favorite person from history? Why?

This is not just a retorical question; you get to tell us who is your favorite famous person!

For this project, you need to read a biography. A biography is an account of a person’s life. This person needs to be a real person, living or deceased, who you are interested in learning more about and telling us about. If you would like, you may read an autobiography, which is an account of someone’s life told by the person himself.

Project Criteria:

Oral Report

You will give a history of the person’s life – his childhood, school days, accomplishments, what made him famous, etc. in the form of a presentation. This is where you will prove to us that you read the book, so be sure to give enough details about your person that we know you read your book.

Props

You will use some type of costume or prop. You should either dress the part of your person, or use a prop in your presentation that relates to the persons biography (ex. If your person is an inventor, perhaps you bring in the invention)

Creativity

Creativity counts! Be imaginative and theatrical in your presentation think about how you think your person would speak, act, look, etc. Make us feel like we are actually meeting and hearing the life story of the person you studied.

Length

Time! Your presentation should be at least five minutes long.

Evaluation

Your presentation will be scored on:

  1. Your accurate presentation of the person’s life
  2. Your use of costumes/props
  3. Your vocal quality – did you speak clearly? Could we hear you?
  4. Your originality and ability to capture and entertain you audience for five minutes

Biography | Historical Fiction | Fiction #1 | Fiction #2 | Mystery | Non-fiction | Poetry | Science Fiction

Historical Fiction

Introduction:

Do you have a favorite period of history or a time period that you would like to learn more about? Do you think you would learn something about the time period you are studying is history if you could read a story set in that time? You may choose to read your historical fiction book from any time period.

For this project, you will read a historical fiction novel. Historical fiction books are books that take place during a time period, or event, that really happened in history, but the characters and story line may be fictional, or not true. It would probably be best to think about what time period most interests you – ancient civilization periods, the time of the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the 1960’s, the potato famine, The Great Depression, the Vietnam war, etc—then try to find a book that focuses on this time period, but that is a fictional book. Your librarian or teacher can help you find a book you might like.

Project Criteria:

Diorama

For this project, you will construct a diorama of a scene or even from your book that illustrates the historical time period that the books takes place.

Your diorama should include:

  1. An accurate portrayal of the scene chosen
  2. Enough details to give the viewer of the diorama a sense of the time of the book
  3. A written summary of the events portrayed in your diorama
  4. The title and author of the book read

Evaluation

At some point I will make an evaluation for this!

Non-Fiction

For this project you need to read a non-fiction book. A non-fiction book is one that is a true, not made-up, account. Examples of non-fiction books would include books about historical events, scientific discoveries, natural phenomena, or information texts. For this project pick a time period, event, or something that you wonder about and would like to study in more depth. Perhaps it is something you hear about on the news, or in your Science or Social Studies class. Biographies and autobiographies are also Non-Fiction, but please do not choose one of theses, as you will already be doing a review on a biography.

Project Criteria:

Lesson Plan

For this project, you will prepare a lesson as if you were a teacher, to instruct someone about the topic that you have read. Your lesson should include:

  1. a written lesson plan, including the object or purpose of the lesson (what you want your students to learn)
  2. a description of how you would transfer the information to your students (lecture, activities, computer work, etc. – how will you tell them what you want them to know?)
  3. active participation from your students (what will you have them do to prove that they understand what you taught them? – a game, worksheet, quiz project, etc.)
  4. any materials you would give your class – handouts, overheads, worksheets, quizzes, tests, etc. – to teach your lesson
  5. a paragraph stating why you feel it is import to know this information and why would choose to teach it to your class

EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY – If you would like to actually teach your lesson to the class, you will earn extra credit points for sharing your topic and the valuable information presented in your lesson plan!

LESSON PLAN Teacher: _________________________ Topic of Lesson: _________________________ Book Read to Prepare Lesson (including Author): _________________________ Purpose of Lesson: In this lesson my students will learn ___________________________________________________________ Description of Lesson: The steps I will take to teach my lesson are: ___________________________________________________________ Active Participation: I will have my students: Paragraph: (explain why this lesson is important and why kids should learn this material.)

Task:

You will create a multiple-choice test for the non-fiction book you have read.

Requirements: • a brief summary of your book that includes: o title o author o publisher o copyright date • the test with 10 multiple choice questions • an answer sheet Writing Multiple-choice Questions Your questions will look like the one below. 1. Question: A. B. C. D. Three Rules 1. One wrong-answer choice must be funny or a nonsense answer. 2. Only one answer choice can be right. 3. You may not use “all of the above” or “none of the above”. 4. You may us words such as: always, never, best, most, etc. in your questions or answers. Multiple Choice Question Stems Word Meaning: Questions 1 & 2 • In this story the word “XXXXX” in the passage from page #22, “Yyyy yyy yy y XXXXX yyy”, means… • The word “XXXXX” in the passage “Yyyy yyy yy y XXXXX yyy”, means… Supporting Ideas: Questions 3 & 4 • Where does this story take place? • Which did XXXXX do first? • When does this story take place? • What happened just before XXXXX? Summarizing Written Texts: Questions 5 & 6 • Which sentence tells the main idea of the text? • This story is mainly about? • Which statement best summarizes this book? • What is the main idea of the following quote, “Xxxxx xxxxx”? Perceiving Relationships and Recognizing Outcomes: Question 7 • Why did XXXXX do YYYYY? • Based on the information, which is XXXXX most likely to do? • You can tell from the passage, “Xxxxx xxxxxx xxxxx xxxxx”, that what is likely to happen? Analyzing Information to Make Inferences and Generalizations: Question 8 & 9 • How did Xxxxx feel about Yyyyy? • How did Xxxxx feel at the beginning of the book? • How did Xxxxx feel at the end of the book? • Which word best describes Xxxxx’s feeling throughout this book? • The event, the XXXXX, showed that… • The character Xxxxx showed that he was Yyyyyy when he… Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion: Question 10 • Which of these is a fact expressed in the book? • Which of these is an opinion expressed in the book?

Science Fiction / Fantasy

Introduction:

For this project, you will need to read either a fantasy or Science fiction book. Fantasy books contain plots events, and characters that are magical or out of this world. Science fiction books usually take place in the future and are very technology-oriented.

Project Criteria:

For this project. You will construct a board game, based on the book you have read. Your board game should include:

  1. A purpose. What is the object of your game?
  2. A useable game board, with all the necessary pieces- pawns, spinners, cards, money, etc.
  3. A copy of the rules of play

The following reference to your book should be included in the game:

  1. At least 3 characters from the book
  2. A challenge, conflict or obstacle presented in your book
  3. A way for players to be penalized, based on something that happened in your book
  4. A way for players to be awarded a bonus- based on something that happened in your book
  5. A way for the players to win – based on the ending or a winning situation in your book

If enough students in each class choose this project each marking period, we will have a day in class to play each other’s games and share this project.

Mystery

Introduction:

For this project you will need to read a mystery book. A mystery book often presents a curious situation where clues are given along the way to help the reader draw conclusions. Mysteries are often based around disappearances, crimes, or murders.

Project Criteria:

For this project you will pretend that you are an investigative reporter for the local newspaper, researching and writing about a recent mystery (the one described in your book) that occurred in your hometown. You will write a three-part series of articles that describe the events surrounding the crime, the suspects, and the eventual solving of the mystery/crime. Your articles should included the following:

  • Article #1:

    This is the first article to appear in the paper after the mystery/crime occurs. You should:

    • Describe the victim (include personality and physical traits)
    • The setting and time where the crime took place
    • The detective or character investigating the case
    • Any clues or evidence left at the scene of the crime

By now some more information has been gathered and your, as the reporter will update the community on the investigation.

Article #2:
  • Article #2:

    This is the second article to appear in the paper after the mystery/crime. Your article should include:

    • A description of the suspects (those who might have committed the crime). Be sure to include character traits (physical and personality) that were described in your book
    • The alibis (excuses) the suspects are giving to plead their innocence
    • An illustration or drawing (like photographs in the newspaper) of the suspects
    • The reasons the suspects are suspected
    • A discussion of any witnesses that have come forward with information
    • Any clues or further developments in the case
    • Any “Red Herrings”, clues that are given to throw the investigators off the trail; clues that are puzzling the investigators (what clues were given in your book that you thought were important clues, but latter found out that they were only given to confuse or fool the reader?)

In this you are writing to report that the crime has been solved. Your mystery has been solved, and you are writing to report the findings.

Article #3:
  • Article #2:

    Your article should include:

    • A description of the criminal, or the person who started the mystery
    • An illustration of the criminal (based on how he is described in your book)
    • An account of how the mystery/crime was actually committed
    • An explanation of the criminal’s motive (reason) for the crime/mystery
    • The evidence that investigator found that lead to the discovery of the criminal/mystery starter

In all three article that you write for this project be sure to check for:

  • Good grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Sentences that make sense
  • A writing style like that of a newspaper article (you might want to read some article form several papers to get an idea of how article of this type read)
  • All bulleted items to be included in the articles
  • Fiction For this project you will read a fiction book. Or a book based on a made-up, or untrue events. Young adult novels, survival stories, romances and action adventure novels are often fictional books Project Criteria: For this project, you will compile a character study of the protagonist of your book. You will crate a scrapbook that the character might have put together he. Your scrapbook should include: Cover page: The scrapbook cover should include the title/author of the book, the main character’s name, and your name and class period. Illustrate the cover so that it is a reflection of the main character that created it. Page 1: Write a journal entry from the main character’s point of view that gives a summary of the book. The journal entry should be written in complete sentences, and should give a brief Description of the book’s events, setting and conclusion. The entry should be dated to reflect the time period in which the toy occurred. Page 2: Page 2 is a collection of photos the main character would have included in his/her c\scrapbook. The photos can be drawn or may be cut from magazines. They should illustrate: The min character in a scene from the book The character’s family or friends The character’s major accomplishment or challenge A setting of importance to the character A picture of your choice tat relates to the character Page 3: This page sho7uld include letters that your character would have wanted to keep in his/her scrapbook. The page should include two letters. In one letter, your character should write to another character in the book about a problem (the conflict of the book) that he faces. In the other letter, the secondary character should respond to the character’s letter, and offer him a solution to the problem that relates to how the conflict was settled in the book. Page 4: This page should include souvenirs or mementos that would have been important to your main character You may create or collect at leas six souvenirs that reflect events in the story, or relate to your character. For instance, if you character loved to go to the movies in the book, then you might include a ticket stub as one of your mementoes. Next to each souvenir, write 2-3 sentences that explain the significance of the item. Page5: Write another journal entry for your characters point of view that reflects the main character feeling about himself. Be sure that the entry includes how the character changed from the beginning of the book to the end. Does your character see himself different now? Do others react differently to him? How has he Grown? Fiction For this project you will read a fiction book, pr a book based or made-up, or untrue events. Young adult novels, survival stories, romances, and action-adventure novels are often fictional books. Project Criteria: For this project, you will create a book folder that will be displayed in the classroom for others to se and use all year. Some examples of book folders made by previous English 7 student are in the classroom for you to view. Your folder must include: The book title and author written clearly on the tab of the file folder A summary of the books events/plot Bibliographical information about the author and illustrator (if there is an illustrator) A description of the protagonist (main character) and the antagonist (foe to the protagonist) A review of the book- your thoughts and feelings; what you liked or hated, your recommendation – AND WHY YOU FEEL THE WAY YOT DO A quote, or quotes, from the book that you really liked, that really spoke to you, and what you think those lines from the book really meant Colorful, attractive presentation – include drawings, clip-art, photos, etc. to liven up your folder. Poetry For this project you will read some poetry of your choice and write a reaction to the poem you selected. Project Criteria: Choose FIVE poems that you really like. Read them; think about what they are saying. Look for things in the poems that really appeal to you. Write a 3-paragraph reaction to each poem. Paragraphs should be structured as follows: Paragraph 1 – Tell us what the poem is about. Paragraph 2 – Tell us why you like this poem. How does it relate to you? What does it say to you? Paragraph 3 – what features does this poem have that stood out to you? Did you like its language? Structure? Rhythm? Rhyme? Include a copy of the poem with your written paragraph. / The copies may either be handwritten or you can photocopy them. Write a one-page report on the life of one poet who wrote one of the poems you selected.

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