Draw and label a character or a setting from a description in the book

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  • Pick a 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, alliteration, 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.

  • Think of 5 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

  • Write 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

  • Prediction 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
  • ‘Dear author’

  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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

  • Notes made 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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