-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.
-Describe a highly emotional moment in the story (ie: funny, sad, scary,
-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
-Identify clues the author gave you that helped you predict the story’s
-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.
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
senses-sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste-and categorize them into five
-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
-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.
meanings from context.
-Explain how a story character changed from the beginning of the story to
-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
-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.
-Design a time line of the most important story events and why are they
-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
-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.
-Write a letter to the author or illustrator expressing your opinion of the
-Poll or interview other students who have read the same book and share
-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.