Novel Response Project Options
Directions: Complete ONE activity from the options below to illustrate what you learned from
the novel you chose. You may work on your own or in a group.
CURRENT EVENTS: Select five different current news or feature stories from television, news
magazines, or newspapers that you feel connect to events you read about in the novel. Create a
visual (poster or PowerPoint presentation) that explains how those current events relate to the
novel. You can connect the events by theme, by cause and/or effect -- whatever you see as a
strong similarity between the news and the novel.
ART: Paint a picture or series of pictures that incorporates the theme, characters, and setting of
your novel. You may also do a collage.
SCENE: Act out a scene in the novel, either as a monologue or with a partner. This can either be
performed live as people circulate through the exhibits or pre-recorded and played on a laptop.
DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW: Take a key scene from the novel and write it from a different
character’s point of view.
PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR A MOVIE ABOUT THE BOOK: This could include
newspaper/magazine ad layouts, radio and television commercials, and any special
RELATED INFORMATION: Design a poster or PowerPoint about one topic or person in the
book. For example, research information about the Great Depression, historical figures that
appear in the novel, the Vietnam War, and so on.
PUPPET SHOW: Make simple puppets (stick puppets, finger puppets, paper bag puppets, etc.) or
complex puppets (marionettes) and present an exciting scene from the novel. This can either be
performed live as people circulate through the exhibits or prerecorded and played on a laptop.
"YOU ARE THERE" NEWS PROGRAM: Report on a particular scene, character, or event in
the book as if it were a news story. This can either be performed live as people circulate through
the exhibits or prerecorded and played on a laptop.
STAGE A TELEVISION SERIES EPISODE: Think of a popular TV series that a book or part of
it would fit. Then convert it to that series and give the segment before the class. This can either
be performed live as people circulate through the exhibits or prerecorded and played on a laptop.
"ROLL-MOVIE" OF THE SCENES OR EVENTS: Put a series of pictures in sequence on a long
strip of paper. Attach ends to rollers and place in a cardboard box. Print simple dialogue to
accompany the frames.
IMPERSONATE A CHARACTER AND TELL AN EPISODE IN A BOOK: Dress up as a
character and retell the story. This should be all the group members, each representing a different
BOARD GAME: Create a board game based on either the plot of the novel or on the time period
represented by the novel. The game must be playable on the day it is due.
FRONT PAGE OF A NEWSPAPER: Design the front page of a newspaper that would appear on
the day of an exciting event in the novel. Write two news stories about the event. Include
attention-grabbing headlines, a dominant photo, a masthead, and teasers for the rest of the paper.
ILLUSTRATE THE BOOK: You should have at least a dozen illustrations that span the entire
length of the novel and include a one-sentence caption with each.
SPY’S DOSSIER: Pretend that you are a foreign spy sent to report on your chosen character.
Compile a secret file with general and specific information regarding your character. Don't forget
the photo. People should be able to look through a varied collection of objects and information
that you’ve collected on this character.
SCRAPBOOK OR A MEMORY BOX: Choose one of the major characters in your book, and, as
that person, put together a scrapbook or memory box of special memories and mementoes. Be
true to your character.
DESIGN A TRAVEL BROCHURE: Illustrate and advertise the "world" of your novel.
Remember that you want people to go into your novel on their next vacation, so make them want