Book Project Ideas
Here are some ideas to choose from for your book project, which is due on December 8, 2017. Those of you doing a monthly book project, your project for November is due on November 30th.
1. Create a PowerPoint or Prezi (to be presented to a small group only – not the entire class) that gives information and details on the characters, setting, plot (conflict & resolution) and theme/message.
2. Create a poster or collage that visually presents the characters, setting, plot (conflict & resolution) and theme/message. Use pictures from magazines, the internet, original drawings, pictures from the book, etc. and your own words to create a presentation of your book.
3. Create a “Wanted” poster for the antagonist in your book, explaining his crimes/wrongs and detailing who he/she hurt in the process. Use an illustration of the character like a Wanted poster in the Post Office.
4. Make a scrapbook with pages that illustrate the elements of the book, including the characters, setting, plot (conflict & resolution) and theme/message.
5. Write and film a short re-enactment of the book; include representations of the characters, setting, plot (conflict & resolution) and theme/message. (Extra credit would apply if you choose to do this one.)
6. Create a playlist containing at least 10 songs that correspond to the theme, characters, setting, conflict, or resolution of the book. Create a title cover/page and a 10-sentence summary of the book as the back cover of the “album”.
7. 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 group.
8. 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.
9. Write a book review as it would be done for a newspaper. (Be sure you read a few before writing your own.)
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. Create a mini-comic book relating the characters, plot, setting and theme of the book.
13. Be a TV or radio reporter, and give a report of a scene from the book as if it is happening "live".
14. 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.
15. Do a book talk. Talk to the group 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 will want to read the book. (Extra credit may apply if you choose to do this one.)
16. Construct puppets and present a show of one or more interesting parts of the book.
17. Make a time line or flow chart of all the events in the book.
18. Show the events of the book as a cycle, as in a representation of the water cycle.
19. Make a brochure for the setting of the book and use the characters and plot to describe the positive points of the setting. Why would people want to visit there?
20. 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.
21. Create a Facebook page for your book. Represent the characters, setting, plot/conflict and theme on your Facebook page.
If you have an idea for a book project, present it to Mrs. Croft for approval and go for it!