Alternative Book Reports



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Alternative Book Reports

1. Choose a character you liked and then create sentences based on the alphabet scheme that demonstrates your knowledge of the character. For example, this alphabet is based on Zeke from Spite Fences: A) is for the ABUSE that Zeke took at the hands of the racist mob. B) is for his BENDINGOVER BACKWARDS to make sure the visiting civil rights activist could work in obscurity.

2. Think about the events that happened in your novel. Decide which scenes or pictures from the novel a character would want to remember. Then draw several of these "photos" for a album page or write about which pictures the character would want in his or her album.

3. Select two or three people your character would think of as a hero or superhero. Describe the characteristics that would be important to your character. Also describe which characteristics your character would most want for himself/herself that the hero or superhero possesses.

4. Create a comic strip series based on the book.

5. Create a picture book based on the book.

6. Write a poem that captures the essence of the novel.

7. Create a diary as if you were the main character of the novel.

8. Create an "I am" poem for a main character in the novel.

9. Choose an interesting character from your book. Consider the character's personality, likes, and dislikes. Decide on a gift for him or her; something he/she would really like to use. Design a greeting card to go along with your gift. In the greeting, explain to your friend from the book why you selected the gift.

10. Write the title of your book. Decide on some simple word-picture-letter combinations that will spell out the title "rebus style." Present it to the class to solve. After the class has solved the rebus, invite them to ask questions about the book.

11. Make a time line of the major events in the book you read. Be sure the divisions on the time line reflect the time period in the plot. Use drawings or magazine cutouts to illustrate events along the timeline. You could present this to the class, taking us through time - event by event, for more marks.

12. Present a particularly vivid section of the novel to the class. Discuss why this particular section had an impact on your reading.

13. Write a paper describing the goals, dreams, and motives behind a main character in the novel.

14. Write a scene that could have happened in the book, but did not.

15. Write a letter to the novel's author inviting him/her to come visit the class.

16. Write a letter to the author of your novel and explain how you feel about the book.

17. Write a letter to a friend about the book you read. Explain why you liked or did not like the book.

18. Select one character from the book you read who has the qualities of a heroine/hero. List these qualities and tell why you think they are heroic.

19. Make a test for the book you read. Include 10 true-false, 10 multiple choice, and 10 short essay questions. After writing the test, provide the answers to your questions.

20. 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 someone who did not read the book can understand the illustrations.

21. Make a comic strip of the story.

22. Make a crossword puzzle using ideas from the book. You will need at least 25 entries.

23. Describe the problem or conflict existing for the main character in the book. Tell how the conflict was or was not resolved.

24. Prepare a list of 15-20-questions for use in determining if other people have read the book carefully. It must include some "thought" questions, some "how questions, and some "why" questions.

25. Write a letter to the main character of the book. Write the letter he/she sends back.

26. Write a paper telling about the title and why or why not it is appropriate.

27. Draw a comic book page complete with bubble-style conversations showing an incident in your book.

28. Write a new beginning to the book you read.

29. Write a new ending to the book you read.



30. Write the beginning for a sequel for the book you read. Outline what would happen in the rest of the book.

31. Write a letter from one character to another character in the book you read. Write a letter he/she would send back.


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