Book Report Options
Rules: You may not repeat a book report option. Once you choose an option, you may not choose it again. You MUST complete 1 traditional book report this year. You choose when to complete it.
Tree Doodle Poster-this example is for Tuck Everlasting. We can adapt it to fit any story.
Shadow Box: Construct a diorama or shadow box of one of the main events of the book. Include a written description of the scene. Use a shoe box to make a 3 dimensional model representing your book. Include the setting, at least onecharacter, and at least one major event of the story.
Interview: Interview two characters from your book. Write at least twenty questions per character. Then, write answers to the questions, giving the character the opportunity to discuss his/her thoughts and feelings about his/her role in the story.
Character diary: Write a 14 day diary one of the story’s main characters might have kept before, during, or after the book’s events. Remember the character’s thoughts and feelings are very important in a diary.
Travel Brochure: Creat a travel brochure to a location in the story
Song Writing: Write a song that tells the story of the book
Movie: Option 1-Creat a 5 minute stop motion movie about your favorite event in the book. Option 2-create a 5 minute movie with your friends and family acting out your favorite event from the story. (You must write their lines and direct their actions and use props and costumes)
Alternate Ending: write an alternate ending the book. Write a complete chapter.
Test/Quiz: Write a quiz for your book with at least twenty questions and answers. You may write any type of question: multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer, essay, etc.
Setting: Change the setting of the book. Tell how this change would alter events and affect characters. Be detailed and use at least 5 specific examples.
Commercial: Plan and develop a television commercial or rap song selling your book. Use props and fun "catch" phrases and jingles to get the audiences attention. You may recruit a classmate's help to join you,but practice before presentation day! Or if you like record your presentation to show us.
Significant Object: Make a physical object talked about in the book (invention, painting, quilt, doll, etc.)or an art project (house, spaceship, etc.) inspired by the book. No store bought models allowed!
Movie Poster: Make a poster advertising the movie version of your book. Provide enough detail to show the setting, one major character, and one major event in the story. Provide the title and author's name. Do not copy the picture on the cover of the book or real movie poster. Create your own!!
Write a Poem: Write a poem about the book, one character in it, or some other aspect of the book. The poem must be at least 16 lines long, but does not have to rhyme.
Write a Play: Write a skit/play for a portion of the book or an event in the book.
Deliver a Power Point Presentation: Create a Power Point presentation about the book. Include setting, character, plot, theme, etc. in your presentation. Present the Power Point to the class. 10+ slides minimum.
Make a Board Game: Create a board game about your book. Don't forget all of the pieces that are required to play it.
Cereal Box Book Report
Make a Map: Make a map and trace the journey of a character or characters in the story. Be sure
to identify important places and events. Must be no smaller than 81/2 by 11 and must be colored.
Newpaper Article: Develop a front page for a newspaper using incidents from the story.
Be the Character: Dress up as one of the characters from the book. Prepare a 5 minute presentation introducing yourself as the character and telling us your story (from the book).
Compare/Contrast a similiar story: Read a shorter but similar story (picture book) on the same topic or same theme. Complete a venn diagram comparing and contrasting the two stories.
How to Guide: Develope a how-to-guide based on an idea from the story. Example: "How to Live Forever" from Tuck Everlasting.
Mini Book: Use a blank hardcover book to create a mini version or picture book of the novel. You may use paint, water colors, pastels, markers, colored pencils, crayons, or pencil sketching to create the art work for your book.
Alternate Chapter: Choose a part of the story where a character had to make a very important decision. Write an alternate chapter telling us what would happen had the character chosen the other option.
Match Box Chapter Summary:
Create an Amazon Listing:
Draw one of the settings in detail: Choose a setting that is described in detail in the book. Take your time to draw this setting using the exact examples from the book.
Choreograph a Dance: Create and perform a dance with motions that act out an event from the book.
Traditional Book Report
You must do this traditional book report/review once during the year. You may decide when to do it.
Your report/review should include each of the following elements. It should also be typed in Times New Roman, size 12, with 1” margins, and an MLA header or written in blue or black ink and double spaced.
Here you want to provide basic information about the book, and a sense of what your report will be about. You should include:
Publication information: Publisher, year, number of pages
Genre (science fiction, fantasy, romance, essays, non-fiction, memoir, etc.)
A brief (1-2 sentences) introduction to the book and the report/review.
There are two main sections for this part. The first is an explanation of what the book is about. The second is your opinions about the book and how successful it is. There are some differences between reports on fiction or other imaginative writing and reports on non-fiction books.
But for both, a good place to start is to explain the author’s purpose and/or the main themes of the book. Then you can summarize.
For fiction or other creative writing:
Provide brief descriptions of the setting, the point of view (who tells the story), the protagonist, and other major characters. If there is a distinct mood or tone, discuss that as well.
Give a concise plot summary. Along with the sequence of major events, you may want to discuss the book’s climax and resolution, and/or literary devices such as foreshadowing. But, if you are writing a review, be careful not to give away important plot details or the ending.
Provide a general overview of the author’s topic, main points, and argument. What is the thesis? What are the important conclusions?
Don’t try to summarize each chapter or every angle. Choose the ones most significant and interesting to you.
Analysis and Evaluation:
In this section you analyze or critique the book. You can write about your own opinions; just be sure you explain and support them with examples. Some questions you might want to consider:
Did the author achieve his or her purpose?
Is the writing effective, powerful, difficult, beautiful?
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the book?
For non-fiction, what are the author’s qualifications to write about the subject? Do you
agree with the author’s arguments and conclusions?
What is your overall response to the book? Did you find it interesting, moving, dull?
Would you recommend it to others? Why or why not?
Briefly conclude by pulling your thoughts together. You may want to say what impressions the book left you with, or emphasize what you want your reader to know about it. This doesn’t need to be very long—maybe 2-5 sentences. Try to sum up your feelings about the point of the novel universally: What does the book say about our world or society in general?