DEAR STUDENTS: HERE IS A LIST OF 31 BOOK REPORTS FROM WHICH YOU CAN CHOOSE ONE EACH TIME YOU REPORT. ONCE YOU DO THIS BOOK REPORT, YOU MAY NOT REPEAT THE FORMAT DURING THE YEAR. FOLLOW THE CRITERIA NO MATTER WHICH BOOK REPORT YOU SELECT!
PLEASE NOTE: ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR THE 2ND BOOK REPORT HAS BEEN ADDED! DUE DATE FOR 2ND BOOK REPORT IS:
YOUR BOOK REPORT MUST BE PRESENTED IN SOME CLEVER WAY TO THE CLASS!
YOUR BOOK REPORT MUST:
___1. HAVE A COVER PAGE THAT INCLUDES THE TITLE OF THE BOOK, THE AUTHOR, THE NUMBER OF PAGES, THE PUBLISHER, AND THE NUMBER OF THE SELECTED BOOK REPORT ALL CENTERED ON THE COVER PAGE. HAVE YOUR NAME, DATE DUE, CORE, S.G.
___2. BE DONE WITH EXCELLENCE AND FOLLOW COMPLETELY THE DIRECTIONS
___3. HAVE PERFECT SPELLING,GRAMMAR AND PRESENTATION.
___4. BE ON A BOOK THAT YOU HAVE NEVER READ BEFORE!
___5. BE A DIFFERENT TYPE BOOK REPORT THAN THE ONE YOU USED FOR THE FIRST REPORT.
___6. BE ON A BOOK THAT IS WRITTEN AT OR ABOVE GRADE LEVEL.
___7. BE ON A NEWBERY AWARD WINNING BOOK
___8. HAVE A STATEMENT FROM A PARENT/GUARDIAN REGARDING THE EFFORT AND TIME YOU TOOK TO READ THE BOOK AND TO MAKE THE BOOK REPORT.
___9. BE A PERSONAL BEST EFFORT ON YOUR PART
___10. MUST CONTAIN 3 OR MORE VOLUMES OF VOCABULARY WORDS. PLEASE LIST THE WORDS YOU USED CORRECTLY HERE:
THIS BOOK REPORT IS WORTH 100 POINTS. CHOOSE WISELY. DO ONLY YOUR MOST EXCELLENT AND PROFESSIONAL WORK! OH, AND HAVE FUN DOING IT!!
1. Create life-sized models of two of your favorite characters and dress them as they are dressed in the book. Crouch down behind your character and describe yourself as the character. Tell what your role is in the book and how you relate to the other character you have made. You must have a written script for this activity.
2. Create a sculpture of a character. Use any combination of soap, wood, clay, sticks, wire, stones, old toy pieces, or any other object. A written explanation of how this character fits into the book should accompany the sculpture.
3. Write a diary 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. Bind it professionally and illustrate each page.
4. If you are reading the same book as one or more others are reading, dramatize a scene from the book together. Write a script and have several rehearsals before presenting it to the class.
5. Give a sales talk, pretending the students in the class are clerks in a bookstore and you want them to push this book. Videotape the sales "pitch" and present to the class.
6. Build a miniature stage setting of a scene in the book. Include a written explanation of the scene.
7. Pretend that you own an advertising agency, and you have been asked to promote the book that you read. Create a poster of the book, a radio or TV commercial, a bumper sticker and a button. Videotape the entire promotion, and present to the class.
8. Describe, in writing, the setting of the most important two scenes in your book, and then do it in pantomime for the class.
9. Design puppets for the characters in your book. They need to be dressed like the characters! Present a 3-4 minute puppet show of three major events in your book.
10. 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. 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.
11. Create a song that tells the beginning, middle and end of your book. Your song must have at least 20 lines and be set to music. A written copy needs to accompany this book report. Be sure that you understand that the song WILL BE PERFORMED by you in class. (You can have friends help on the performance, but they do not get points for doing so!)
12. Construct a diorama (three-dimensional scene which includes models of people, buildings, plants, and animals) of one of the main events of the book. The diorama must include the setting. Include a written description of the scene.
13. 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.
14. 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. This must be done in the correct letter format.
15. Read the same book as one of your friends. The two of you make a video or do a live performance of MASTERPIECE BOOK REVIEW, a program which reviews books and interviews authors. (You can even have audience participation!)
16. Rewrite your story as a picture book. Each page needs to have colored pictures and narrative writing. Make sure your story line is in proper sequence. The picture book must be a MINIMUM of 10 pages. Bind it creatively!
17. Find 10 top web sites that a character in your story would frequently visit. Include a written explanation for each web site explaining why the character would be fascinated,
18. After reading a book of history or historical fiction, make an illustrated timeline showing events of the story and draw a map showing the location(s) where the story took place.
19. Create a comic book of 3 major events from your book. Your comic book needs to be complete with bubble conversation. You must have 15-20 frames. Each frame must have dialog and color. Your comic book must be in color with an appropriate cover.
20. Make three posters about the book using two or more of the following media: paint, crayons, chalk, paper, ink, real materials. Each of the 3 posters must include an explanation in writing.
21. Be a TV or radio reporter, and give a report of a scene from the book as if it is happening "live". Videotape the report and present to the class. Your report must be written out and turned in the day you show the videotape.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. Do a book talk. Talk to the class about your book by saying a little about the author, explain who the characters are and explain enough about the beginning of the story so that everyone will understand what they are about to read. Finally, read an exciting, interesting, or amusing passage from your book. Stop reading at a moment that leaves the audience hanging and add "If you want to know more you'll have to read the book." If the book talk is well done almost all the students want to read the book.You may use notes to help you, but you may not READ the booktalk. You will need to practice the booktalk at least 3 times in order to present it effectively.
25. Write a new beginning and a new conclusion for the book you read. Next, include a written explanation of why your beginning and conclusion are better/not better than the original author's!
26. Make a time line of all the events in the book. Be sure to label each event and include a "symbol" for each event.
27. Write a story about a day that you spent with your favorite character from the book you read. Be sure to illustrate the story. Include a BIG EVENT that happens to the two of you.
28. Create a crossword puzzle using ideas from the story. You will need to have a minimum of 30 entries. Of course, you will also need to do an answer key! You may do this on the computer.
29. Make a WANTED POSTER for the antagonist in your book. Include a detailed drawing of the character. Label the poster with that character's personality traits, his/her misdeeds, and any other vital information. The poster must be in color. Print all narrative on the poster.
30. Become a TEACHER! you are to prepare a written lesson plan. The topic you will cover is your novel!! You will teach the class about your novel. Explain the plot line, what settings were important to the story and why, the roles of the characters,and the main event. Include information about the protagonist and the antagonist. Your lesson must appeal to at least two of the seven major intelligences.
31. Design your OWN BOOK REPORT. You must have TEACHER-APPROVAL for your idea BEFORE you begin it! In order to get approval, you must submit the idea, a rough draft of the idea, and a paragraph statement as to why you believe that this project will be better than the 30 I have given you!