Book trailer. Using Animoto, iMovie or an app of your choice, produce a short trailer in which you highlight the main characters’ traits, important plot elements, and appropriate images. Don’t spoil the ending! Character astrology signs



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Book trailer. Using Animoto, iMovie or an app of your choice, produce a short trailer in which you highlight the main characters’ traits, important plot elements, and appropriate images. Don’t spoil the ending!


Character astrology signs. Choose which signs you think three of the main characters from your text were born under. Write an explanation of why you think they fit the sign, drawing on their actions, attitudes, and thoughts from the book. Be sure to include the hallmark traits of the zodiac sign and an illustration.

Create a home page. Select two characters and design a home page for each of them, picking out appropriate pictures, bios, backgrounds, accomplishments, etc. that tell a viewer about your character. Also, create links to at least five different sites that you think your characters would be interested in.

School counselor’s recommendation letter. Write a summary appraisal from the school counselor’s point of view that assesses the character’s academic and personal qualities and promise for study in college. The college is particularly interested in evidence about character, relative maturity, integrity, independence, values, special interest, and any noteworthy talents or qualities. Explain why this student would be well-suited to attend college.

A character alphabet. Choose a character then create sentences based on the alphabet scheme that demonstrate your knowledge of the character. For example for Spite Fences, one might write Zeke’s alphabet it could start like this: A is for the ABUSE Zeke took at the hands of a racist mob. B is for his BENDING OVER BACKWARDS to make sure the visiting civil rights activist could work in obscurity.

Awards. Create an award for each of the main characters based on their actions in the text. One might be awarded “most courageous” for fighting peer pressure, another might be awarded “wisest” for the guidance he or she gave other characters. For each award, write a paragraph that explains why this character deserves this award.

File a complaint. Choose one character whose behavior was abusive, rude, offensive or prejudiced in any way. Write a formal letter of complaint outlining the character’s despicable actions. Suggest a satisfactory punishment, treatment or lesson s/he should receive.

Specific organization. Select an organization that might have a lot to say about the actions or portrayals of characters in the text you read, and write a critique from its point of view. For example the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals might have a lot to say about Lennie’s treatment of animals in Of Mice and Men.

Dream vacation. Where do you think your character would most like to go on a vacation? Pick a spot, describe it, and explain why he or she would want to go there. Write a day-by-day one-week itinerary of what the character would do each day and why you think the character would enjoy this activity.

Letter exchange. Create a letter exchange (4 minimum) between a character and the author or write a series of self-reflective letters from several characters on what the character learned about himself, others, and life.

Awards. Create an award for each of the main characters based on their actions in the text. One might be awarded “most courageous” for fighting peer pressure, another might be awarded “wisest” for the guidance he or she gave other characters. For each award, write a paragraph that explains why this character deserves this award.

Point of view column. Write an opinion column like those that appear on the editorial page of the newspaper. Choose a theme or topic from the text and write the column from the point of view of one of the characters. Your character might write about the importance of education or why we should accept people who are not like us.

Name analysis. Select a few of the characters from the text. Look up each of their names to see what the name means. Write all the meanings down and then write a short essay explaining in what ways the names are suitable and in what ways the names do not fit the character.

A pamphlet. Think of an issue that was very important to your character. Then create a pamphlet to persuade others of the importance of the issue. Include factual information, testimonials, pictures or graphics, etc. For instance, Charlotte from The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle might create a pamphlet explaining the reasons women should have more life choices.

Tattoo. Design and illustrate a tattoo based on a theme, idea, symbol, quotation, character, etc. from the text. Write a brief explanation.



Catalog. Choose six “products” related to the topic and write a short description. Draw a picture and description of each product . For instance, if the topic is The Arctic, the items pictured might be ice blocks to build an igloo, sealskin clothing for protection from the cold, dogsled for traveling on the ice and snow, and Northern Lights postcards.

Wikipedia. Design and write an encyclopedia entry that resembles a Wikipedia page. Outline the most important points of the topic. Include photos, maps, charts, etc. with captions.

Feature Article. Write a mock newspaper feature article summarizing the events in the text. Include and explain historical, scientific, biographical and cultural elements. Include photos of actual, people, places, things and events.

Infograph. Using easel.ly create an infograph of the most important elements of the text. Highlight and explain key terms, definitions, events, etc.



Free Choice: Design an activity of your own. It must hit upon the key features of your fiction/nonfiction text. Please run your ideas by your language arts teacher before you rush off to build a life-sized replica of the Titanic…



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