Please keep this paper to refer to for each book report from now until the end of the school year.
TYPES OF BOOKS TO BE READ:
Ø Chapter Books, at least 150 pages
Ø Chapter books appropriate for your reading level (not too easy, not too difficult)
Ø A different genre will be assigned to each report, such as nonfiction, mystery, or fantasy. The first report is your choice.
WAYS TO SHARE YOUR BOOK:
Everyone must be PREPARED to discuss their book, using one of the projects described on the following pages. Also be prepared to discuss your project (how it was made, what was fun and what was difficult). The presentation should last a minimum of two minutes.
Make sure that all projects have the title of the book, the author, and the presenter’s name. These projects should be done neatly showing your best effort.
Attached you will find a Book Report Form. It is required for the Box Diorama Project, but I recommend using it as a guideline to make sure that you include all the necessary information in your chosen project.
Choose a different book report presentation each time
- Write the diary a main character might have written. Imagine you are the person in your book. Write a diary for a few days or weeks as he or she would have done. Make a creative cover for your special diary.
- Make a new book jacket. It should include an attractive picture or cover design, a summary of the book, information on the author and illustrator, and information about other books by that author. (For a different style of cover you could use water colors or cut-out designs from paper instead of just crayons.)
- Make a mobile. Be sure to include the title, author, and your name on the top piece. You may use a coat hanger as the main body of your mobile. Hang six pieces of cardboard, poster board, or heavy paper from the hanger using string or yarn. On each piece, you need to write about each of the following: 1) setting of the story, 2) characters, 3) plot – what happened, 4) conclusion – then ending, 5) a situation in the story that demonstrates cause and effect, and 6) your favorite part. On the back of each hanging paper, draw a colored picture that goes along with what you wrote. You may cut your paper into any shapes you like. Is there a shape that relates to your book? (i.e. Baseball shapes for a baseball story.) Be creative and have fun.
- Make a “roll-movie” of the scenes or events of a book. Put a series of pictures in a sequence on a long strip of paper. Print simple dialogue to accompany the frames. Attach ends to rollers and place in a cardboard box. Decorate the box; you may want to make it look like a T.V.
- Construct a diorama of a scene from a book. Old shoe boxes are a good size to use. Attach a sign on top that gives the title, author, and your name. A Book Report Form should be completed with this summarizing the main points of the story and telling about one of your favorite scenes in the story (perhaps that’s the scene you have depicted in your diorama).
- Give a book talk. Act as one of the characters in your book and perform a scene from the book that would cause someone else to consider reading the book. Write your own lines. Tell the name of the book, author, main characters and some information to get people interested. Turn the lines in after you present. Make sure you practice your lines well.
- Make an attractive book jacket in display form. This will be on tag board or display board folded in half, so it can stand on a display table. (See #2 for what is needed on the book jacket.)
- Write a letter to the author telling him/her why you liked the book. You may type the letter or hand write it in ink. You could decorate the paper for the letter so it’s your own stationary.
- Write a letter recommending the story to Mrs. Orr. For this project, I would like you to write me a letter telling me about your book. The letter should include a picture and be inside an envelope, addressed to me at the school. Please include your return address. You don’t have to mail the letter, but you can if you would like to. The letter (and envelope) should be in correct letter form. Include information about the title, author, characters, setting, plot, and your feelings about the book. Would you recommend it and why? Pretend that I haven’t read your book, which may be true! Enjoy your books; I’ll be looking forward to my mail!
Mrs. Tracey Orr
Omak Middle School
PO Box 833
Omak, WA 98841
- Create a picture timeline of the events in the story. Using a long sheet or sheets of paper, draw a timeline and create a colorful, neat, and descriptive picture of each event in the order it occurred. Include at least 10 events. Give each picture a sentence or two label.
- Make a “Flip Book”. Using construction paper, make a flip book that has each part of the story: Setting, characters, plot, climax, and conclusion. Also include your favorite part of the book. Put the title, author, and your name on the cover of the flip book.
- Rewrite the final chapter. Completely change the ending of the book by writing your own version of the conclusion. Use correct writing standards: pre-write, draft, revise, edit. Turn in all parts to me. The published draft needs to be at least three or more pages long. Draw a picture to go with your new conclusion.
- A project that has been pre-approved by Mrs. Orr. If you have another project idea, tell me about it and we will decide if it is appropriate for presenting your book.
The most important part is to be PREPARED! When you discuss your book or project, KNOW what you are going to say.
Have fun and enjoy reading!! J
Book Report Form
Your Name _________________________
Book Title ____________________________________
Main Characters (Describe who the main characters are and provide evidence from the book to support those descriptions):
Plot (What happened):
Conclusion (How did the story end?):
My favorite part was….because….