Draw and label a character or a setting from a description in the book
descriptive word from the text
, write it down and, using a thesaurus, write down five synonyms and antonyms for that word.
Re-read a chapter – pick out X number of words that you feel are powerful words and that you could use in your own writing
How does the story hook you in at the beginning? Make a list of words and phrases that you feel are effective in making you want to read on.
Draw and label a character or a setting from a description in the book.
Choose a descriptive passage and make a list of examples of vivid imagery – similes, metaphors,
, noun phrases etc.
Choose a key moment in the book and change the event. Re-write the following chapter…
Rewrite a chapter as a playscript.
questions you would like to ask one of the characters. Swap these with someone else in your group and write the answers as if you were that character.
List the words and phrases used to create an atmosphere, such as ‘scary’ or ‘spookiness’ ‘tension’ ‘relaxed’
Write about what a character might be thinking or feeling at different stages of the story. You could write it in the first person, or in a speech bubble.
Predict what might happen when you are about halfway through a book. Write your prediction in the form of a story plan in boxes
Write about a memory or experience of your own that is similar to something you've read in your book.
Make a list of questions you ask yourself as you read.
Before you finish the book, write down your predictions for the ending.
After you finish
, check back and check the accuracy of your prediction.
Write an interview or conversation between you and the main character of your book. Be sure you write detailed responses for the character.
Which character in this book are you most like? Explain your answer
Which character in this book would you most like to be. Explain your answer.
Finish this idea: "I love the way the author. . ." Be complete and give examples to support your opinion.
How did the book make you feel? Explain.
Who else should read this book? Why? Who shouldn't read this book? Why?
Write a letter to someone telling them about the book and your opinion of the book.
Write a telephone answering machine message for a character in your book
Construct a time line to fit the story. Include all the main events.
What book will you read next? Why?
Compare this book to another/others by the same author.
Explanations of settings
story maps/ setting illustrations
a Book reviews
Design a book covers
Cartoon strip of main events
Lists of words and phrases used to create atmosphere/ suspense, etc.
A newspaper report linked to events
of several possible outcomes
‘Between the lines’ – explore fictional events not directly reported in the text
A diary extract written by a character
Advice to a character: Problem page letter & response
Story graphs which depict character or plot development
A summary limited
to a certain number of words
A letter expressing a point of view
Rewriting an extract from the point of view of a different character
Write a telephone conversation between you and a character from the book. (remember the conventions of speech)
Draw a poster advertising the book. Make sure you write on the poster why people should read it!
Draw a picture of your favourite part of the book and write a sentence about what is happening. Say why you chose this bit.
Make up a wordsearch or crossword for the book
Make up three questions you would ask to check someone had read the book carefully
Make a list of as many adjectives
as you can from the book
Make a list of as many verbs as you can from the book
Make a list of as many nouns as you can from the book
Make a list of as many adverbs as you can from the book
Pick one word from your book and using a thesaurus make a thesaurus page for it
Find new vocabulary (words) that you do not really know the meaning of and write them up
with the meaning in your book
ACTIVITIES ON CHARACTERS
What kind of person is the main character?
What do other characters think or say about this character? Why do they feel this way?
How does your character treat other people in the book? Explain and give support for your answers.
How does the character change throughout the novel? Explain and give support for your answers.
An invitation to a character
portrait galleries of characters
Write a description of the main character: their looks,
the way they dress
, the way they talk and their personality.
Imagine you are one of the characters in the story. Write a diary entry that reflects thoughts and feelings about an event in his/her life.
NON FICTION TEXTS
A glossary of technical vocabulary specific to a topic
An annotated diagram using factual information
A list of facts learned from a non-fiction book
by picking out key points
Evaluation of the layout of a non-fiction text/ comparison of two texts about same topic
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