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Submitted by Teacher-2-Teacher contributor Kim Robb of Summerland, BC
  1. Create life-sized models of two of your favorite characters and dress them as they are dressed in the book. Crouch down behind your character and describe yourself as the character. Tell what your role is in the book and how you relate to the other character you have made.
  2. Create a sculpture of a character. Use any combination of soap, wood, clay, sticks, wire, stones, old toy pieces, or any other object. An explanation of how this character fits into the book should accompany the sculpture.
  3. Interview a character from your book. Write at least ten questions that will give the character the opportunity to discuss his/her thoughts and feelings about his/her role in the story. However you choose to present your interview is up to you.
  4. Write a diary that one of the story's main characters might have kept before, during, or after the book's events. Remember that the character'sthoughts and feelings are very important in a diary.
  5. If you are reading the same book as one or more others are reading, dramatize a scene from the book. Write a script and have several rehearsals before presenting it to the class.
  6. Prepare an oral report of 5 minutes. Give a brief summary of the plotand describe the personality of one of the main characters. Be prepared for questions from the class.
  7. Give a sales talk, pretending the students in the class are clerks in a bookstore and you want them to push this book.
  8. Build a miniature stage setting of a scene in the book. Include a written explanation of the scene.
  9. Make several sketches of some of the scenes in the book and label them.
  10. Describe the setting of a scene, and then do it in pantomime.
  11. Construct puppets and present a show of one or more interesting parts of the book.
  12. Dress as one of the characters and act out a characterization.
  13. Imagine that you are the author of the book you have just read. Suddenly the book becomes a best seller. Write a letter to a movie producer trying to get that person interested in making your book into a movie. Explain why the story, characters, conflicts, etc., would make a good film. Suggest a filming location and the actors to play the variousroles. YOU MAY ONLY USE BOOKS WHICH HAVE NOT ALREADY BEEN MADE INTO MOVIES.
  14. Write a book review as it would be done for a newspaper. ( Be sure you read a few before writing your own.)
  15. Construct a diorama (three-dimensional scene which includes models of people, buildings, plants, and animals) of one of the main events of the book. Include a written description of the scene.
  16. Write a feature article (with a headline) that tells the story of the book as it might be found on the front page of a newspaper in the town where the story takes place.
  17. Write a letter (10-sentence minimum) to the main character of your book asking questions, protesting a situation, and/or making a complaint and/or a suggestion. This must be done in the correct letter format.
  18. Read the same book as one of your friends. The two of you make a video or do a live performance of MASTERPIECE BOOK REVIEW, a program which reviews books and interviews authors. (You can even have audience participation!)
  19. If the story of your book takes place in another country, prepare a travel brochure using pictures you have found or drawn.
  20. Write a FULL (physical, emotional, relational) description of three of the characters in the book. Draw a portrait to accompany each description.
  21. After reading a book of history or historical fiction, make an illustrated timeline showing events of the story and draw a map showing the location(s) where the story took place.
  22. Read two books on the same subject and compare and contrast them.
  23. Read a book that has been made into a movie. (Caution: it must hve been a book FIRST. Books written from screenplays are not acceptable.) Write an essay comparing the movie version with the book.
  24. Create a mini-comic book relating a chapter of the book.
  25. Make three posters about the book using two or more of the following media: paint, crayons, chalk, paper, ink, real materials.
  26. Design costumes for dolls and dress them as characters from the book. Explain who these characters are and how they fit in the story.
  27. Write and perform an original song that tells the story of the book.
  28. After reading a book of poetry, do three of the following: 1) do an oral reading; 2)write an original poem; 3)act out a poem; 4)display a set of pictures which describe the poem; 5)write original music for the poem; 6)add original verses to the poem.
  29. Be a TV or radio reporter, and give a report of a scene from the book as if it is happening "live".
  30. Design a book jacket for the book. I STRONGLY suggest that you look at an actual book jacket before you attempt this.
  31. Create a newspaper for your book. Summarize the plot in one article, cover the weather in another, do a feature story on one of the more interesting characters in another. Include an editorial and a collection of ads that would be pertinent to the story.
  32. Do a collage/poster showing pictures or 3-d items that related to the book, and then write a sentence or two beside each one to show its significance.
  33. Do a book talk. Talk to the class about your book by saying a little about the author, explain who the characters are and explain enough about the beginning of the story so that everyone will understand what they are about to read. Finally, read an exciting, interesting, or amusing passage from your book. Stop reading at a moment that leaves the audience hanging and add "If you want to know more you'll have to read the book." If the book talk is well done almost all the students want to read the book.
  34. Construct puppets and present a show of one or more interesting parts of the book.
  35. Make a book jacket for the book or story.
  36. Draw a comic strip of your favourite scene.
  37. Make a model of something in the story.
  38. Use magazine photos to make a collage about the story
  39. Make a mobile about the story.
  40. Make a mini-book about the story.
  41. Practice and the read to the class a favourite part.
  42. Retell the story in your own words to the class.
  43. Write about what you learned from the story.
  44. Write a different ending for your story.
  45. Write a different beginning.
  46. Write a letter to a character in the book.
  47. Write a letter to the author of the book.
  48. Make a community journal.
  49. Write Graffiti about the book on a "brick" wall (your teacher can make a brick-like master and then run this off on red construction paper.) Cut your words out of construction paper and glue them on the wall.
  50. Compare and contrast two characters in the story.
  51. Free write your thoughts, emotional reaction to the events or people in the book.
  52. Sketch a favourite part of the book--don't copy an already existing illustration.
  53. Make a time line of all the events in the book.
  54. Make a flow chart of all the events in the book.
  55. Show the events as a cycle.
  56. Make a message board.
  57. Make a map of where the events in the book take place.
  58. Compare and contrast this book to another.
  59. Do character mapping, showing how characters reacted to events and changed.
  60. Make a list of character traits each person has.
  61. Make a graphic representation of an event or character in the story.
  62. Make a Venn diagram of the people, events or settings in your story.
  63. Make an action wheel.
  64. Write a diary that one of the story's main characters might have kept before, during, or after the book's events. Remember that the character's thoughts and feelings are very important in a diary.
  65. Build a miniature stage setting of a scene in the book. Include a written explanation of the scene.
  66. Make a poster advertising your book so someone else will want to read it.
  67. Keep and open mind journal in three or four places in your story.
  68. Write a feature article (with a headline) that tells the story of the book as it might be found on the front page of a newspaper in the town where the story takes place.
  69. Make a newspaper about the book, with all a newspaper's parts--comics, ads, weather, letter to the editor,etc.
  70. Interview a character. Write at least ten questions that will give the character the opportunity to discuss his/her thoughts and feelings about his/her role in the story. However you choose to present your interview is up to you.
  71. Make a cutout of one of the characters and write about them in the parts.
  72. Write a book review as it would be done for a newspaper. ( Be sure you read a few before writing your own.)
  73. Make a character tree, where one side is event, symmetrical side is emotion or growth.
  74. Choose a quote from a character. Write why it would or wouldn't be a good motto by which to live your life
  75. Learn something about the environment in which the book takes place
  76. Tell 5 things you leaned while reading the book
  77. Retell part of the story from a different point of view
  78. Choose one part of the story that reached a climax. If something different had happened then, how would it have affected the outcome?
  79. Make a Venn diagram on the ways you are like and unlike one of the characters in your story.
  80. Write about one of the character's life twenty years from now.
  81. Write a letter from one of the characters to a beloved grandparent or friend
  82. Send a postcard from one of the characters. Draw a picture on one side, write the message on the other.
  83. If you are reading the same book as one or more others are reading, dramatize a scene from the book. Write a script and have several rehearsals before presenting it to the class.
  84. Make a Venn diagram comparing your environment to the setting in the book
  85. Plan a party for one or all of the characters involved
  86. Choose birthday gifts for one of the characters involved. Tell why you chose them
  87. Draw a picture of the setting of the climax. Why did the author choose to have the action take place here?
  88. Make a travel brochure advertising the setting of the story.
  89. Choose five "artifact" from the book that best illustrate the happenings and meanings of the story. Tell why you chose each one.
  90. Stories are made up; on conflicts and solutions. Choose three conflicts that take place in the story and give the solutions. Is there one that you wish had been handled differently?
  91. Pretend that you are going to join the characters in the story. What things will you need to pack? Think carefully, for you will be there for a week, and there is no going back home to get something!
  92. Make up questions--have a competition.
  93. Write a letter (10-sentence minimum) to the main character of your book asking questions, protesting a situation, and/or making a complaint and/or a suggestion.
  94. Retell the story as a whole class, writing down the parts as they are told. Each child illustrates a part. Put on the wall.
  95. Each child rewrites the story, and divides into 8 parts. Make this into a little book of 3 folded pages, stapled in the middle (Outside paper is for title of book.) Older children can put it on the computer filling the unused part with a square for later illustrations.
  96. Outline the story, then use the outline to expand into paragraphs.
  97. Teacher chooses part of the text and deletes some of the words. Students fill in the blanks.
  98. Make a chart of interesting words as a whole class activity. Categorize by parts of speech, colourful language, etc.
  99. After reading a book of history or historical fiction, make an illustrated time line showing events of the story and draw a map showing the location(s) where the story took place.
  100. Make game boards (Shoots and Ladders is a good pattern) by groups, using problems from the book as ways to get ahead or to be put back. Groups exchange boards, then play.
  101. Create life-sized models of two of your favourite characters and dress them as they are dressed in the book. Crouch down behind your character and describe yourself as the character. Tell what your role is in the book and how you relate to the other character you have made.
  102. Create a sculpture of a character. Use any combination of soap, wood, clay, sticks, wire, stones, old toy pieces, or any other object. An explanation of how this character fits into the book should accompany the sculpture.
  103. Make several sketches of some of the scenes in the book and label them.
  104. Describe the setting of a scene, and then do it in pantomime.
  105. Dress as one of the characters and act out a characterization.
  106. Imagine that you are the author of the book you have just read.
  107. Suddenly the book becomes a best seller. Write a letter to a movie producer trying to get that person interested in making your book into a movie. Explain why the story, characters, conflicts, etc., would make a good film. Suggest a filming location and the actors to play the various roles. YOU MAY ONLY USE BOOKS WHICH HAVE NOT ALREADY BEEN MADE INTO MOVIES.
  108. Construct a diorama (three-dimensional scene which includes models of people, buildings, plants, and animals) of one of the main events of the book. Include a written description of the scene.
  109. Read the same book as one of your friends. The two of you make a video or do a live performance of MASTERPIECE BOOK REVIEW, a program which reviews books and interviews authors. (You can even have audience participation!)
  110. If the story of your book takes place in another country, prepare a travel brochure using pictures you have found or drawn.
  111. Write a FULL (physical, emotional, relational) description of three of the characters in the book. Draw a portrait to accompany each description.
  112. Read two books on the same subject and compare and contrast them.
  113. Read a book that has been made into a movie. (Caution: it must have been a book FIRST. Books written from screenplays are not acceptable.) Write an essay comparing the movie version with the book.
  114. Make three posters about the book using two or more of the following media: paint, crayons, chalk, paper, ink, real materials.
  115. Design costumes for dolls and dress them as characters from the book. Explain who these characters are and how they fit in the story.
  116. Write and perform an original song that tells the story of the book.
  117. After reading a book of poetry, do three of the following: 1) do an oral reading; 2)write an original poem; 3)act out a poem; 4)display a set of pictures which describe the poem; 5)write original music for the poem; 6)add original verses to the poem.
  118. Be a TV or radio reporter, and give a report of a scene from the book as if it is happening "live".
  119. Write a one sentence summary of each chapter and illustrate the sentence.
  120. Mark a bookmark for the book, drawing a character on the front, giving a brief summary of the book on back after listing the title and author.
  121. Write a multiple choice quiz of the book with at least ten questions.
  122. Make a life-sized stand-up character of one of the people in the book. On the back list the characteristics of the person.
  123. Pretend you are making a movie of your book and are casting it. Choose the actors and actresses from people in the classroom.
  124. Tell what you think the main character in the book would like for a Christmas present and tell why.
  125. Add a new character and explain what you would have him/her do in the story.
  126. Do some research on a topic brought up; in your book.
  127. Write an obituary for one of the characters. Be sure to include life-time accomplishments.
  128. Choose a job for one of the characters in the book and write letter of application.
  129. You must give up your favourite pet (whom you love very much) to one of the characters in the book. Which character would you choose? Why?
  130. Invite one of the characters to dinner, and plan an imaginary conversation with the person who will fix the meal. What will you serve, and why?
  131. Write an ad for a dating service for one of the characters.
  132. Nominate one of the characters for an office in local, state or national government. Which office should they run for? What are the qualities that would make them be good for that office?
  133. Pretend that you can spend a day with one of the characters. Which character would you choose? Why? What would you do?
  134. Write a scene that has been lost from the book.
  135. Write the plot for a sequel to this book.
  136. Add another character to the book. Why would he be put there? What part would he serve?
  137. Rewrite the story for younger children in picture book form.
  138. Write the plot of the story as if it were a story on the evening news
  139. Make a gravestone for one of the characters.
  140. What other story could have taken place at this same time and setting? Write the plot and about 4 or 5 characters in this new book.

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