1. Do a costumed presentation of your book. Dress either as the author or one of the characters. 2. Write a letter from one character to another character.
3.Write the first paragraph (or two) for a sequel. Outline what would happen in the rest of book. 4. Write a new conclusion.
5.Write a new beginning.
6.If a journey was involved, draw a map with explanatory notes of significant places. 7.Make a diorama and explain what it shows.
8.Make a diorama showing the setting or a main event from the book. 9.Make a new jacket with an original blurb.
10.Use e-mail to tell a reading pen pal about the book.
11.Participate with three or four classmates in a television talk show about the book. 12.With another student, do a pretend interview with the author or with one of the characters. 13.Cut out magazine pictures to make a collage or a poster illustrating the idea of the book. 14.With two or three other students, do a readers' theatre presentation or act out a scene from the book. 15.Lead a small group discussion with other readers of the same book. Focus on a specific topic and report your group's conclusion to the class. 16.Keep a reading journal and record your thoughts at the end of each period of reading. 17.Write a book review for a class publication.
18.Find a song or a poem that relates to the theme of your book. Explain the similarities. 19.For fun, exaggerate either characteristics or events and write a tabloid-style news story related to your book. 20.Draw a comic-book page complete with bubble-style conversations showing an incident in your book. 21.Use a journalistic style and write a news story about something that happened to one of the characters. 22.Write a paragraph telling about the title. Is it appropriate? Why or Why not? 23.Decide on an alternate title for the book. Why is it appropriate? Is it better than the one the book has now? Why or Why not? 24.Make a poster advertising your book.
25.Make a travel brochure inviting tourists to visit the setting of the book. What types of activities would there be for them to attend? 26.Write a letter to the main character of the book.
27.Write a letter to the main character of the book. Write the letter he or she sends back. 28.Make three or more puppets of the characters in the book. Prepare a short puppet show to tell the story to the class. 29.Write a description of one of the main characters. Draw or cut out a picture to accompany the description. 30.Make an ID card which belongs to one of the characters. Be sure to make the card look like the cards for that particular state. Include a picture and all information found on and ID card. Don't forget the signature!! ******This gets them researching what ID cards /Driver's Licenses look like; as well as thinking about the character--especially the signature. I have seen kids ask each of the other students to sign the character's name to find the one that would most likely belong to the character. 31.Prepare a list of 15 to 20 questions for use in determining if other people have read the book carefully. 32.Must include some "thought" questions. "How?" "Why"
33.Dress up as one of the characters and tell the story from a first person point of view. 34.Rewrite the story as a picture book. Use simple vocabulary so that it may be enjoyed by younger students. 35.Write a diary as the main character would write it to explain the events of the story. Must have at least 5 entries. 36.Make a map showing where the story took place.
37.Make a dictionary containing 20 or more difficult words from the book. 38.Describe the problem or conflict existing for the main character in the book. Tell how the conflict was or was not resolved. 39.Make a mobile showing pictures or symbols of happenings in the book. 40.Make a collage representing some event or part of your book. 41.Make a crossword puzzle using ideas from a book. Need at least 25...