Ideas for a book report



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Ideas for a book report

Must do: Make a words list containing difficult words from the book and their translation.
Might do: (preferably with someone who has also read the book)


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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/your group.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!)

  6. 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.
  7. Be a TV or radio reporter, and give a report of a scene from the book as if it is happening "live".


  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Write about what you learned from the story.

  11. Write a different ending for your story.

  12. Compare and contrast two characters in the story.

  13. Make a list of character traits each person has.

  14. Keep a reading journal and record your thoughts at the end of each period of reading.

  15. Prepare a list of 15 to 20 questions for use in determining if other people have read the book carefully.






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