Book Report Projects

By Barbara Bietz

 

kid on school busSome teachers have specific guidelines for book reports, but others are flexible and open to creative ideas. If your child needs some extra incentive, alternate book reports can be a great motivation. Even if traditional reports are required, some teachers will give extra credit for projects. Here are some fun ideas you can try: crafts

Reader’s Theater or Puppet Show – Children can write a script to be acted out by kids or puppets. The script should present a summary of the book, and a clear knowledge of the main characters. This is a great option for kids who are reluctant writers. They may find it easier to summarize a story in dialogue form.

Book Review – It’s fun for kids to imagine they are writing an article for a magazine or newspaper. Have your child read several book reviews for examples. You can create a list of questions to assist your child, such as “Would you recommend this book? Why or why not?” “How would you describe the author’s writing style?” The book review is most similar to a traditional book report, but more fun.

Letter to the Author – With internet access, even the most well-known authors are easy to contact. You child can write a letter to e-mail to an author. Be sure your child uses correct letter writing format, even in an e-mail. Sadly, proper letter writing is a dying art and e-mail is not an excuse for poor grammar and incorrect spelling. The letter should indicate knowledge of the author’s work, not just a personal note. You and your child might be surprised when you receive a reply!

These activities can be great school assignment alternatives, but can also be considered for at-home activities you can do with your child. They offer a fun way to encourage reading and writing!

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Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz, -Childrens' Books and Movie Section, is a children's author, magazine writer, children's book reviewer, and past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She loves talking about the creative process, books and the craft of writing. Her middle-grade chapter book, LIKE a MACCABEE,(Yotzeret Publishing) is a PJ Library selection. Barbara reviews books and movies and has contributed to numerous print and online publications. She also teaches writing classes for adults. Learn more about Barbara at www.BarbaraBietz.com
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