Reader’s Workshop Projects Knowledge



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Reader’s Workshop Projects

Knowledge
-Write a description of the story’s characters.

-Identify 5 important story events and tell why they’re important.

-Explain the main character’s problem and solution.
Comprehension
-Describe a highly emotional moment in the story (ie: funny, sad, scary,

etc.).


-Write a condensed version of the story.

-Read a descriptive passage from the story to the class, and explain what the

words or phrases mean to you.

-Explain the story’s theme or main idea and list other books that have this

same theme.

-Identify clues the author gave you that helped you predict the story’s

ending.

-Put on a puppet show of a story episode.

-Collect realia from the story and place the items in a suitable container.

Share each item with the class and tell how it relates to the story.

-Fill a pocket of purse with items you think a story character would carry.

-Dress up as a story character and give a monologue.

-Make a paper mache model of a story character in the story and explain

character’s role in the story.

-Perform a dramatic storytelling of a sensational story episode.

-Sculpt a story character from clay, wood, or soap and explain the

character’s role in the story.

-Create profiles of story characters based on passages of text from the book

and compare and contrast 2 of them by creating a Venn diagram.
Application

-Explain in writing what happened to (a) story character(s), and tell how you

would have reacted differently than the story character(s) in that situation.

-Fold a sheet of paper into eight sections and draw a comic strip of a scene

from the story.

-Draw a map of the book’s setting. Create symbols for a map legend and

label specific locations mentioned in the story.

-Make a model of diorama of a scene from the story.

-Act out an episode from the story.

-Write a journal entry telling what you learned or how you have changed, as

a result of reading the story.

-Create an excitement level line graph of scenes from the story. Label the

vertical axis with an excitement range from 1-10 and list five to ten story

events on the horizontal axis. Plot the level for each event and connect each

point.


-Identify specific words or phrases from the text that appeal to the five

senses-sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste-and categorize them into five

appropriate columns.

-Create a daily oral language activity from a story paragraph. Make changes

by misspelling words, omitting punctuation, and making common errors.

-Create a story-related crossword puzzle or word search.

-Illustrate a scene from the story, mount it on heavy paper, and cut it up to

create a puzzle.

-List five story characters and tell what their favorite books would be.

Qualify your selections.

-Over several days, write diary or journal entries for a story character.

-Design a dust jacket for the book including all parts-title, author, reviews,

illustration, author biography, story summary, etc.-of a conventional dust

jacket.


-Dramatize a story episode and record as a radio play.

-Cook and serve a story-related recipe including a recipe of main events.

-Create a scrapbook that would belong to a story character.

-Write five comprehension questions (and include your answers) from the

story for your classmates.

-Rewrite a story scene from another character’s point of view.

-Write titles for chapters of books that do not have them and list them in a

table of contents.


Analysis

-Select ten or fifteen difficult words from the story and determine their

meanings from context.

-Explain how a story character changed from the beginning of the story to

the end.

-Tell how certain story events relate to experiences you have had.

-Research the story’s setting using reference books and report your findings.

-Compare and contrast the book with another title by the same author.

-Compare your original prediction of the story’s ending with what actually

happened in the book.

-When reading science fiction or fantasy, list ten realistic story events and

ten fantastic occurrences.

-Select ten interesting words from the literature, and look up their origins in

the dictionary.

-Tell what techniques the author used to keep you absorbed in the story.

-Research a story component that fascinates you and share your findings.

-Contrast the lifestyle of the story characters with that of your family.

-Identify specific passages which enhance the tone or mood of the story.

-Compare a story character to someone you know.

-Write questions for parts of the story that puzzle of confuse you. Present

them to the class or write them to the author.

-Explain how the story would change if elements of the setting (time or

place) were different.


Synthesis
-Create a new cover for the book. Include a summary and information about

the author.

-Design a time line of the most important story events and why are they

important.

-Write a new ending for the story.

-List specific words or phrases that describe a story character, then draw a

picture of the character based on your findings.

-Make a mobile of scenes or characters from the book.

-Write and conduct a talk show interview a talk show interview with author

of the book or a story character.

-Write a news story for an incident that occurred in the story.

-Write an additional chapter or epilogue for the book.

-Design a board game based on the book’s plot.

-Write a poem based on the story or characters you read.

-Pretend you are the author of the book. Write an article explaining your

purpose in writing the book and your intended message to your readers.

-Write how a story character would react if placed in a certain environment

or situation.

-Pretend you invited a story character over for dinner. Write the

conversation that would take place around the dinner table.

-Explain how the story could be adapted for a filmstrip or motion picture.

-Write an obituary for a character who dies in the story.

-Create a new supporting character for the story. Describe the character’s

physical attributes and characteristics. What role does the character play in

the story? How does the story change?

-Write the lyrics and create a melody for a story-related song.

-Make a collage using realia from a story, or cut out magazine pictures to

make a collage of pictures that communicate a story theme.

-Write a brief prequel or sequel to a story.

-Rewrite a story episode as a reader’s theater script for your class.

-Write a letter from one story character to another.

-Create a story-related television game for your class.

-Write a shopping list of brand-name household products a story character

might use and explain why.

-Write and produce a videotaped book commercial.

-Write dialogue to expand an alluded minor scene.

Evaluation
-Write a letter to the author or illustrator expressing your opinion of the

book.


-Critique the story, and write your views in a book review.

-Poll or interview other students who have read the same book and share

your findings.

-After contrasting the book with a similar story by another author, tell which

book you liked best and qualify your view.

-Debate a controversial issue raised in your story.


-Discuss parts of the story you would change in order to make it better.




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