90 Alternatives to a Book Report Part 1

If you are willing to step away from standard book reports, here you will find 90  alternatives:

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’s thoughts 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 plot and 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 various roles. 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 (the 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 with 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 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 of 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 into 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.