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Book Report Alternatives


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For those of us who were educated through the public school system, our creativity may be slightly stunted when considering book report options other than the standard "report form."  Using a standard reporting form can limit your child's opportunity to demonstrate more advanced comprehension and interpretation.

There are many other creative and fun options that I've found online, below is a sampling . Edit these lists to suit your children, methods, and preferences.  I keep a list of options that I am willing to accept in my teacher binder for quick reference.

HomeschoolingFamilies.com 46 Alternatives to writing a book report.

My Favorites:
6. If a journey was involved, draw a map with explanatory notes of significant places.
10. Keep a reading journal and record your thoughts at the end of each period of reading.
12. Draw a comic-book page complete with bubble-style conversations showing an incident in your book.
14. Make a travel brochure inviting tourists to visit the setting of the book. What types of activities would there be for them to attend?
17. Prepare a list of 15 to 20 questions for use in determining if other people have read the book carefully.
19. Write a diary as the main character would write it to explain the events of the story.
20. Make a dictionary containing 20 or more difficult words from the book.
32. Create a board game based on events and characters in the book you read. Your game should include the following: a game board, a rule sheet and clear directions, events and characters from the story. 33. Make models of three objects which were important in the book you read. On a card attached to each model, tell why that object was important in the book.
37. Complete a series of five drawings that show five of the major events in the plot of the book you read. Write captions for each drawing so that the illustrations can be understood by someone who did not read the book.
39. Plan a party for the characters in the book you read. In order to do this, complete each of the following tasks: (a) Design an invitation to the party which would appeal to all of the characters. (b) Tell what food you would serve and why. (c) Tell what games or entertainment you will provide and why your choices are appropriate. (d) Tell how three of the characters will act at the party. (e) What kind of a party is this? (birthday, housewarming, un-birthday, anniversary, etc.)
40. List five of the main characters from the book you read. Give three examples of what each character learned or did not learn in the book.

Other Lists:
Sharing and Collaboration 
Generic Literature Questions

For Gifted Readers/Learners
Dr. Bertie Kingore
Hoagies Gifted Article


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