Reviewing books is a great way to reinforce learning and comprehension. It doesn't have to be a bore though. I presented my son with this list at the beginning of the year. He can choose any he likes for his report, but he can only do them once. Otherwise, I am sure to get a stack of t-shirt designs! Here is my list of 21 Book Report Options that allow a great amount of customization.
25 Book Report Options1. Design a t-shirt. This should include the book title, author, and perhaps a sentence or repeated phrase.
2. Design a costume for a character. If you are especially crafty you could design and sew it, but designing on paper and explaining why it's appropriate will do.
3. Create a picture book. Draw an illustration complete with caption for each chapter of the book. Don't forget to provide a cover and then staple or bind it together.
4. Write a letter to a character. What would you say to a character?
5. Write the author. Got a question or two about the book that didn't get answered? Want to praise the author for a job well done? Put it down in a letter. Extra points for actually sending it!
6. The book has ended. What happens next? Write a short story.
7. Assemble a diorama. Got a favorite scene from the book? Now's your chance to recreate it.
8. Write an Amazon listing. Take a look at how Amazon lists books (don't look for your book). Write a listing to market this book. Look for your book after you have written your listing and compare the two.
9. Book vs. Movie. Compare and contrast.
10. Make a video review.
11. Resume or Facebook profile for a character. How would the character describe him/herself?
12. Good ole' book report.
13. Write interview questions and the responses for a character.
14. Make a movie trailer.
15. Create a collage for the book or a character.
16. Write an alternate ending and why you prefer it.
17. Make a stop-motion animation of your favorite scene.
18. Create a comic book strip of your favorite scene or a summary of the book.
19. Write a poem, song, or riddle about the book.
20. Award Ceremony. Create a list of awards for each of the characters in the book. Explain why they deserve the award.
21. Bookshelf. What is on a particular character's bookshelf? What books are there, CD's, pictures, or knick knacks? Draw it out or make a collage with pictures.
22. Past, Present, and Future. Create a past, summarize the present, and predict a future for a character.
23. Commercial. Make a television commercial for the book.
24. Design a poster or new book cover. What if the book were being made into a movie? What might the poster look like?
25. It's Your Birthday! Make a list of characters and the birthday presents you would give them. Don't forget to include your reasoning behind the gifts.
Do you have any ideas for alternatives to book reports?