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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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