Book Report Project by zSC0UA


									                                 Book Reports
       Your student is required to read and complete their book reports by the required date
for each Quarter. Some of you may be asking “Why book reports? My child is already reading
every night!” Writing book reports aids in reading fluency and comprehension, identifying story
genres and elements, enhances writing and public presentation skills and allows children of all
ages to be exposed to literature they may not experience otherwise. Please read the following
guidelines regarding book reports and discuss with your student.

Recommended/Example book list:
These are not required, just examples to use or find others!

         Realistic Fiction           Adventure                  History/Historical
         Joey Pigza Loses            Holes                      Fiction
         Control                     Twister on Tuesday         Dear America Series
         Starring Grace              Hatchet                    American Girl Series
         Cracker Jackson             My Side of the             Magic Tree House
         The Birthday Room           Mountain                   Series
         The Fox Steals              A Series of                My Name is America
         Home                        Unfortunate Events         Series
         Hope was here               Wishbone Series            Little House is
         The Planet of Junior                                   America       Series
         Brown                                                  Catherine Called
         Belle Prater's Boy                                     Birdy
                                                                Red Badge of
                                                                S.O.S. Titanic
                                                                Ben and Me: An
                                                                Astonishing Life of
                                                                Ben Franklin
                                                                Johnny Tremain
                                                                My Brother Sam is
                                                                Lily’s Crossing
Students may choose any visual book report project to complete. The project must be
suitable for the type of the book they have chosen and must be completed entirely in order to
get credit. (Attached is a list of book report projects.)

Books must be read and projects must be done out of school. Time will not be given in school
to complete. However, students may use the book they are reading as part of their nightly
homework for this project. There could be times, such as testing times, when reading is allowed
during class time. The students will be given time in class to plan their projects and schedule
their work load.

Each student will give a short oral presentation explaining their project and the book they
have read on the date due.
In addition to completing the project itself, student must also write a summary of the book,
including descriptions of the main and minor characters, setting, conflict, climax, resolution and
plot and an opinion and/or recommendation of the book. They will discuss, but not read, this
summary in class (using note cards will help them discuss their story without word for word
retelling). This summary can be in the form of a paper report or a PowerPoint slideshow.

Please refer to the attached grading table to see how students will be graded.

Although parent help is welcome, this project should be done by the students and should reflect
student work, not parent work!

Due dates are as follows:
Quarter 1 – Due October 7th

Quarter 2 – Due December 10th

Quarter 3 – Due February 25th

Quarter 4 – Due May 13th
                                 Book Report Grading Table
Book Report             Advanced                          Average                      Beginner             Points
                   Story Map is completely       Story Map is partially filled
                                                                                    Story Map is not
                  filled out according to 6th     out, doesn’t contain all six
                                                                                    completed, or the
  Story Map            grade homework             expectations of 6th grade                                 ______
                                                                                     majority of it is
                    standards with proper         homework, or has multiple
                                                                                        blank. (0)
                       conventions. (10)           convention mistakes. (5)
                  Summary contains all the        Summary is missing some
                  elements from the story          elements from the story           Summary is not
   Summary            map in chronological         map, not in chronological         completed or is        ______
                     order and has proper            order, or has multiple          incomplete. (0)
                       conventions. (10)           convention mistakes. (5)
                                                                                   Most Story Elements
                   All Story Elements are                                             are not stated,
                                                   Most Story Elements are
                     stated clearly, with                                             struggles with
                                                 stated, lacks a lot of details,
      Oral         detail, with elaboration,                                         presentation and
                                                    and not in chronological
Presentation on      and in chronological                                            elaboration, and
                                                 order. Delivery not smooth,                                ______
   the Story       order. Well-rehearsed                                              needs continual
                                                 but able to maintain interest
    Elements      with smooth delivery that                                        prompting. Delivery
                                                 of the audience most of the
                        holds audience                                                not smooth and
                                                           time. (25)
                        attention. (35)                                             audience attention
                                                                                      often lost. (10)
                      Title and author are         Missing the title or the
      Title &                                                                      The title and author
                       clearly stated with         author with little effort                                ______
      Author                                                                        are not stated. (0)
                   correct conventions. (5)        toward conventions. (2)
                     When and where the
                   story took place is clear      When and where the story         When and where the
      Setting        with many adjectives        took place is described, but       story took place is
                  that form a picture in the        with little detail. (2)        not clear at all. (0)
                        readers mind. (5)
                      Main characters are            Main characters are           Main characters are
                    described with 3 major          described with 1 major         not described at all.
    Characters                                                                                              ______
                         attributes. (10)               attribute. (5)                     (0)
                    What took place in the
                     story is described in
                                                 What took place in the story         This is not a
                   detail, including conflict,
                                                   is described with some          description of what
       Plot           rising action, climax,
                                                  detail (1-3 plot elements).       took place in the       ______
                        falling action and
                                                              (8)                      story. (0)
                       resolution with the
                       overall theme. (15)
                     Your opinion is clearly     Your opinion is stated, giving    You gave no reasons
                   stated, giving 3 reasons         1-2 reasons for your           for your preference.
Recommendation                                                                                              ______
                  for your preference. (10)            preference. (5)                      (0)

                   Project is exceptionally                                        Project is sloppy and
                                                 Project is neat but may be
                   neat, attractive to the                                         illegible. Evidence of
     Visual                                       difficult to read at time.
                    eye and easy to read.                                            little to no effort.
  Component/                                      Evidence of some effort.                                  ______
                  Evidence of great effort.                                        Lacks any connection
    Project                                      Lacks some connection with
                      Enhances the oral                                                    with oral
                                                   oral presentation. (25)
                      presentation. (35)                                              presentation. (10)

                         A=100-90                         C=79-70                   F=64 and below          TOTAL
 Grading Scale
                         B=89-80                          D=69-65                                           POINTS
                          BOOK REPORT PROJECT LIST

1. Create sculptures or models of two of your favorite characters and dress them as they
    are dressed in the book. Write 2-3 paragraphs describing each, explaining their role in
    the book and how each one relates to the other character you have made.
2. 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.
3. Dress as one of the characters in the book. Describe yourself; explain your role in the
    book and how you relate to the other characters.
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
    MOVIES. (3-4 paragraphs)
5. Write a letter (10-sentence minimum) to the main character of your book asking
    questions, protesting a situation, and/or making a complaint and/or a suggestion. This
    must be done in the correct letter format.
6. 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!)
7. 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. (3-4 paragraphs)
8. Write and perform an original song that tells the story of the book.
9. Find and participate in a blog or chat on this book or author. Submit at least 5 comments
    to the blog. Write a short summary of the blog, including your thoughts and the thoughts
    of others who participated. Print out the summary and the blog and submit.
10. Retell part of the story from the point of view of a different character. (2-3
11. Write about one of the character's life twenty years from now. (2-3 paragraphs)
12. Make a travel brochure advertising the setting of the story.
13. Nominate one of the characters for president. Explain why they would make a good
    president. (2-3 paragraphs)
14. After reading your book, research and write a brief biography about the author. (2-3
15. Write a new conclusion. (2-3 paragraphs)
16. Keep a reading journal and record your thoughts and questions at the end of each
17. Find 3 songs or poems that relate to the theme of your book. Explain the similarities. (2-
    3 paragraphs)
18. Create a board game based on events and characters in the book you read. By playing your
    game, members of the class should learn what happened in the book. Your game must
    include the following: a game board, a rule sheet and clear directions, events and
    characters from the story.
19. Make a test for the book you read. Include 10 true-false, 10 multiple choice and 5 short
    essay questions. After writing the test, provide the answers for your questions.
20. Obtain a job application from an employer in our area, and fill out the application as one
    of the characters in the book you read might do. Before you obtain the application, be
    sure that the job is one for which a character in your book is qualified. If a resume is
    required, write it.
21. Complete each of these eight ideas with material growing out of the book you read: This
    book made me wish that..., realize that..., decide that..., wonder about..., see that...,
    believe that ..., feel that..., and hope that...
22. After reading a non-fiction book, become a teacher. Prepare a lesson that will teach
    something you learned from the book. It could be a "how-to" lesson or one on content.
    Plan carefully to present all necessary information in a logical order. You don't want to
    confuse your students! Present your lesson to your students. How did you do? If you
    taught a "how-to" lesson, look at the final product to see if your instructions to the class
    were clear. If your lesson introduced something new, you might give a short quiz to see
    how well you taught the lesson.
23. Exaggerate either characters or events by writing a tabloid-style magazine related to
    your book. Include at least 4 articles in your magazine.
24. Imagine that you have been given the task of conducting a tour of the town in which the
    book you read is set. Make a video or audio recording describing the homes of your
    characters and the places where important events in the book took place. You may want
    to use a musical background for your tape.
25. This activity requires that you have a partner and that the two of you read the same
    novel at the same time. You must plan ahead for this to work. After reading only a few
    pages, write in your reading journal about your reactions to the novel. Your partner should
    do the same thing. Exchange journals; read what your partner has written. React to what
    your partner wrote. Return the journal. Now, you may write a reaction to more of the
    novel or to what your partner has written. You should do this at least 10 times throughout
    the novel. Turn in both journals at the same time.
26. *** Students also have the option of creating their own type of project that will visually
    represent their book as long as it has teacher approval.
Name: _________________________________________________
Reading Hour #: _________
Homeroom Teacher: _____________________________
Date: _____________________

Book’s Title: ________________________________________________
Author’s Name: _____________________________________________
Genre: ____________________________________________________

# of Pages: _________      # of pages to read each day: ________

Project Choice: _____________________________________________

Explanation of your Project:

Story Elements Chart Completed: _____
Summary Completed: _____
Visual Project Completed: _____
Name: _______________________________________________________________
Reading Hour #: _________
Homeroom Teacher: _____________________________________
Date: _________________________

Book Title:
Author: ______________________________________________________________________
Genre: _______________________________________________________________________


Major Characters:

Minor Characters:


Event 1:                  Event 2:                   Event 3:

Name: ________________________________________________________
Reading Hour # _______
Homeroom Teacher: __________________________________
Date: _________________

                          Book Report Project
                            Grading Rubric
                              Total Points (100)

     1) Story Map (10)………………………………………………………………………____/10

     2) Summary (10)……………………………………………………………….………____/10

     3) Oral Presentation about Story Elements (35)……………………..…____/35

     4) Evaluation of Book (10)…………………………………………………………____/10

      5) Visual Component (35)…………………………………………………………____/35

     TOTAL out of 100:……..……………………………………………………………____/100

                               Grade: _______

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