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Independent Reading:

Creative Book Report


Options
Go to the following website (link also posted on my Inman website), and complete an online
quiz to discover your learning style. Use that information to help you choose an appropriate
book report option. You can print out the cool chart if you would like!

http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks3/ict/multiple_int/que
stions/choose_lang.cfm
WHICHEVER YOU CHOOSE, IT SHOULD ADDRESS THE 4 ELEMENTS OF
FICTION: DETAILS ABOUT THE BOOKS CHARACTERS, PLOT, SETTING
AND THEME.
EACH PROJECT SHOULD HAVE THE NAME OF THE BOOK AND AUTHOR.
BOOK PROJCTS SHOULD BE TYPED AND FREE OF ERROR. IF YOU CANNOT
TYPE THE REPORT, IT SHOULD BE NEATLY WRITTEN IN BLUE OR BLACK
INK.
PROJECTS SUBMITTED IN PENCIL WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
Visual/Spatial, Artistic Options ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------1.

Comic Book Create a series of 15-20 drawings on 15-20 pages that show a significant event in the
novel. Under each picture or cartoon, write a few lines of explanation, if not already included in speech
bubbles and captions in the drawings. Your book should be bound in some way.

2. Word and Image Collage Write the title of the book in the center of a poster. Then look through
magazines for words, phrases, sentences and images that illustrate or tell something about your book. As
you look, think in terms of the theme, setting, and plot line, as well as characters. Work to get fifty (50)
words/phrases/sentences/images so that the whole paper is covered. The visual impact of the collage
should tell a potential reader a lot about the book. A one page report explaining the symbolic references
in the collage must be included.
3. Create a Homepage Select several characters from your book and design a homepage for each of
them, picking out appropriate backgrounds and pictures and then creating information that would tell a
viewer about your character. Also, create links to at least five different sites that you think your character
would be interested in. Then write up and post on the page an explanation of how you made the
decisions you did and what you believe this tells us about the character.
4. Canvas Painting Paint an image on canvas that symbolizes a theme (not just the characters or
copying the current cover) in your book. Explain, in one to two typed pages, how this image/ theme
represents your book. (For example, Goodness rules over all is depicted as light and darkness in the
background of your design)

Rhythmic/Musical Options ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------5. Soundtrack Compile ten school-appropriate songs that relate to the literary elements in your book.
Soundtracks must be presented on a cd and be accompanied by the title and artist of each song and a
separate paragraph (2-4 sentences) detailing the significance of each song with quoted lines in the liner
notes. CD should have an illustrated cover with author and title, too.
6.

Write a Song If you are a songwriter and/or musician, consider a central theme or conflict in your
novel about which you can write a song. Include a page (one to two pages) that explains the lyrics of your
song, and perform the song for the class. (Expository) DO NOT CHOOSE IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO
PERFORM.

Interpersonal Options ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------7. Talk Show on Issues in the Novel Create and perform a talk show around one of the major issues
or themes in the novel. For example, after reading Tangerine by Edward Bloor, you might want to
discuss the issue of the brothers violence and the way the parents dealt with it. Include people to
represent several points of view on the issue. You might include characters from the book, a social
worker, a police officer, a psychologist, etc. (Expository)
8. Critique from a Specific Organization Select an organization that might have a lot to say about
the actions or portrayals of characters in the novel you read, and write a critique of the book from the
organizations point of view. For example, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals might
have a lot to say about Lennies treatment of animals in Of Mice and Men. (Two to Three pages)
(Expository/Persuasive)

Intrapersonal Options ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------9. Newspaper Design a newspaper. Headline 2 events and write up news articles from the book on the
front page. Also include an editorial page with at least 2 editorial where characters state their opinions
about events in the book, a classified page where relevant items could be bought or sold or traded, and an
additional page that features items that are relevant topics from your book. The pages must have
headlines, bylines and pictures with captions. Reference a real newspaper or newsletter for ideas.
10. Character Diary: Pretend that you are one of the characters in your book. Record at least ten twoparagraph journal entries from the characters perspective. Be sure to represent the characters thoughts
and feelings.

Verbal/Linguistic Options -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------11. Character Monologue Select an event in the story about which characters have different views.
Write up three characters opinions on the same event in the form of three monologues (one person
talking by himself or herself). Present these monologues to the class. One page per monologue.
12. Poetry Anthology: Compile ten poems that relate to the theme(s) in your book. Write two paragraphs
explaining the theme and two to three sentences explaining the relevance of each poem. Be sure to
include the title and author of each poem.

Logical Options ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------13. Current Events Select five current news or feature stories from television or news magazines that you
think your character would be interested in. Then explain how your character would respond to each of
the stories and the opinions your character would have about what was happening in the story. (Two to
Three pages) Cite your news articles and include a brief summary of each article.(Expository)
14. Timeline Create a timeline of major events in the book from beginning to end. Your timeline should
at least ten events and have at least five illustrations. Each event should be described in two to three
sentences. Be sure to address setting, and label the timeline with dates and time of year.
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PROPOSALS FOR STUDENT-DESIGNED REPORTS ARE WELCOMED.


HOWEVER, THEY MUST BE PROPOSED IN WRITING AND APPROVED
BY THE TEACHER IN ADVANCE.