Create a mobile using the four story elements (setting, character, plot, theme).
An oldie, but a goodie: Create a diorama of an important scene from the book.
Once your students have completed their projects, be sure to allow them time to share with the class.
This post was inspired by my son’s college literature group, who were assigned to dramatize Oedipus Rex and chose to do it with sock puppets.
A booktalk is NOT a review or a book "report." A book report tells somebody you read the book, a booktalk tries to convince the person to read the book.
The key to booktalking is to "sell, don't tell." Thus, a booktalk is more of an advertisement or a commercial.Don’t talk a book you don’t like or are uncomfortable with. Practice alone, in front of your co-workers or significant other. Subjects that interest them haven’t changed, at least since the time of Shakespeare – humor and horror, sex and love, murder and magic, friendship and betrayal, and problems they deal with in their everyday lives (school, family breakup, violence, dating, illness, divorce, etc).Exception - One of our staff had a book that she didn't particularly care for. Romances, mysteries, horror, popular authors, and books with great covers are typical good bets. If you have trouble finding an interesting good book, try the following resources: ask your contemporaries, use Amazon or Barnes and Noble websites, library publications such as School Library Journal or VOYA, the YALSA website and their booklists for teens. Quick Picks are a great resource for the younger adult.The instructions for installing Book Report can be found at this link: Install Book Report. Send an email to [email protected] let us know what's going wrong. Was there a problem the characters were trying to solve? Describe what happened in the beginning, the middle and the end of the book. Write a little bit about why you liked or didn’t like the book.Talk about how the book made you feel – happy, sad, excited. When you're finished writing the report, read it over carefully to make sure everything is spelled correctly. It gives you a chance to read a new book and then tell your teacher and friends what you thought about it.Here are some of the things you need to include in your book report: What happened in the book?We always go out in pairs so teens can hear different voices, styles and types of books. Remember, we want to encourage the audience to the read the book.Exception – sometimes what someone else has written is just too good, you might want to use it verbatim. Read the whole book, even if you write the booktalk halfway through. Exception - there is one booktalk of 20 nonfiction books with a super short flashtalk for each book that students love. Exceptions - Sometimes the ending is already known such as The Sword in the Stone.