Alternative Book Report

Alternative Book Report
Mrs. Sheila Young's Eighth Grade Language Afts
l'm letting you choose your assessrnents from a list of proieds below. You will have to be able to tie your
Wojec'ts to the meaning of the book. Clroose two items from the list to complete for yow book proiec,t.
1) lf a joumey was involved, draw a map with exflanatory notes of significant
2) Write a letter from one character to another charader.
3) Write a new conclusionMrite a new beginning.
4) Participate with three or four dassmates in a television talk show about the book
5) VUIth another student, do a pretend inteMew wtth the author or with one of the characters.
6) Draw comic-book pages as a summary of your book.
7) Make a travel brochure inviting tourisls to visit the setting of the book. Wftat
types of ac*ivities vrnuH thele be forthem to aterd?
8) Write a letterto the main chanader of the book- Write the letter he or she sends
9) Make three or more puppets of the characters in the book. Prepare a short
puppet show to tell the $ory to the dass.
10)Make lD cards wtrich belongs to the main charactes- Be surc to make the cards
look like the cards for that particular state. lnclude a picture and all information
found on an lD cad. Dont bryetthe signaturell This gets you researching what lD cards /Drivefs
Licenses look like; as rrrell as thinking about the cfiaracter-specially the signature.
1l)Rewrite the sfiory as a picture book. Use simple vocabulary so that it may be
enjoyed by younger students.
12)Make a mobile shouring pictures or symbols of happenings in the book.
13)Write a song or poern foryourstory.
(E{ra marls
if presented in class}
l4)Create a radio ad for your book Write out the scri$ and tape record it as it
would be presented. Dont forget background music!
15)Design an advertising campaign to promote the sale of the book you read.
lnclude each of the following: a poster, a
orTV commercial, a magazine or
neurspaper ad, a bumpersticker, and a button.
16)Create a board game based on events and characters in the book you read. By
playing yourgame, members of the class should leam what happened in the
book. Your game must indude the follotrittg: a garne board, a rule sheet and
clear direc-tions, events and characters from the story.
lOMake models of thrce obiects yrhich were important in the book you read. On a
card attactred to each model, tell ufry that objed was important in the book.
8)Complete a series of five drawings that show five of the major events in the plot
of the book you read. Write captions for each drawing so that the illustrations can
be underslood by someone wfio did not read the book
19)Plan a party forthe charaders in the book you read. ln orderto do this, complete
each of the following tasks: (a) Design an invitation to the party which would
appealto all of the charac,ters. (b) lmagine that you are five of the charaders in
the book and tellwlrat each would vrearto the patty. (c) Tell what food you
would serve and why. (d) Tellwhat games or entertainment you will provide and
why your choices are appropriate. (e) Tell how three of the characterc Wll act at
the party.
What kind of a party is this? (birthday, housewarming, un-birthday,
anniversary, etc.)
20)Tape an inteMerar with one of the characters in the book you read. Pretend that
this characler is being interviewed by a magazine or newspaper reporter. You
may do this project with a partner, but be sure to write a soipt before taping.
You may choose to do a 1ive" version of this.
2l)lmagine that you have been given the task of conduding a tour of the town in
which the book you read is set. Make a tape describing the homes of your
charac{ers and the places where important events in the book took place. You
may want to use a musical hclqgrcund for yourtape.
22)Make a paper doll likeness of one of the characters in the book you rcad. Design
at least three costumes forthis character. Next, write a paragraph commenting
on each outfrt; tellwhat the dothing reflects about the character, the historical
period and events in the book.
23)After reading a non-fidion book, become a teacher. Prepare a lesson that will
teach something you learned from the book. lt eould be a "how-to" lesson or one
on content. Plan carefully to present all necessary information in a logical order.
You dont want to confuse your sfudents! Present your lesson to your students.
How did you do? lf you taugitt e "hornto' lesson, look at the final product to see
if your instructions to the class were clear. lf your lesson introduced something
new, you might give a short quiz to see how well you taught the lessort.
24)Choose an intelesting charac*erfrom your book. Consklerthe charactefs
personality, likes and dislikes. Decide on a giftfor him or her... something he or
she would really like and use. Design a greeting card to go along with your gifl.
ln the greeting, explain to your fiend from the book why you selec:ted the gift.
25)Choose an intercsfling characterfmm your book- Considerthe charactefs
personality, likes and
disliks. Decide on a gm for him or her.-. something he or
she would really like and use. Design a greeting card to go along with your gift.
ln the greeting, exf,ain to your friend from the book why you selected the gift.
26)Design a poster to advertise your book. Be creative...use detail...elaborato...use
color!Can you make it $D ormovable?
2}Crcete a sculpture of a character. Use any combination of soap, wood, clay,
sticks, wire, stonea, old toy pieces, or any other object. An explanation of how
this character fits into the book should accompany the sculpture.
28)Create life-sizd models of two of your favorite dtaracters and dress them as
they are dressed in the book. Crcuch down behind your charader and de*ribe
yourcelf as the character. Tell what your role is in the book and how you relate to
the other character you have made.
29)Write a diarythat one of the storfs main charaders might have kept before,
dudng, or afier the booKs events. Remember that the cfiaractefs thoughts and
feelings are very important in a diary.
30)Make several sketches of some of the scenes in the book and label them
31)Afrer reading a book of hislory or historica! ficlion, make an illustrated timeline
showing events of the story and draw a mep showing the location(s) wherc the
story took place.
32)Make a story quilt.