Making Connections Book Report - February

The Grade 6 Get Reading Program!

The goal of this program for grade six students is to increase students reading and give them opportunities to learn and explore through words.

Each month for this year students will be asked to choose a novel that they will read. Through class time, after school, or wind down time in the evening students are being asked to pick up a book and read for the enjoyment that it can bring.

After reading the book students will have the opportunity to share what they have read with others. By sharing what we have read we are introducing other students to some great books, and also sharing the knowledge that we have gained.

The Process:

1. Students will choose a novel that they would like to read. Some novels will be read as a class and others will be student choice novels.

2. Students will then spend the majority of the month reading the novel they have chosen. This is to be done is school as well as at home. Suggestion: set a goal to read 15 minutes per day 5 days per week to help complete this program.

3. Students will then choose a way to present their novel to the class by choosing one of the given activities provided in this package. Some months we will be working on the same activity as a class; other months students will choose.

4. Each activity will be completed once throughout the year.

5. Each monthly assignment will be handed in on the last weekday of the month.

If you have any questions about the assignments please don’t hesitate to give me a call!

Mrs. Sherwin

Book Report Options

Before you select an option and begin creating, remember to look at the evaluation sheet and make sure you include all elements of the novel in your report. Make sure you are teaching your audience about the novel you read.

1. Create a Book Sandwich Month:
Are you hungry for a sandwich? Want a neat way to present your book, then try making it into a book sandwich.

First you need to draw (or create) the slices of bread to encompass the sandwich contents. Then you need a slice of meat, a tomato, some cheese, lettuces leaves, and some mayo. These are the ingredients needed for a book sandwich. Then on each ingredient you need to write the following information:

Top Slice of Bread – title and author
Lettuce – a brief summary of the book
Tomato – tell about the main character
Mayo – describe the books setting
Meat – describe the plot of the book
Bottom Slice of Bread – picture of your favorite scene

Serve your sandwich to the class in an appetizing way!

2. Cereal Box Book Report Month:
Once you have finished your Cheerios (or you favorite cereal) keep the box and create into a box of knowledge about the book. You may decide to make it a new cover of the book, you may decorate the outside with interesting quotes and pictures from the story, or many other things.

3. Board Game Month:
Who doesn’t like getting together with a group of friends for a good board game? Create your own version of a board game for the book you have read. Think of game like Monopoly and make up your own version.

4. Brown Bag Book Report Month:
Grab a brown paper bag (or any other bag, shopping, gift, etc) and fill the bag with items that tell you about the story. Then in a presentation in front of the class you will pull out the items to help you summarize and tell the audience about the book you read.

5. A Character’s Diary Month:
Slip inside the head of one of the characters and create 5 different diary entries for this character. Each entry needs to be at least 500 words long, and remember to be that character and write about what you think they would write.

Each element of the novel must be included. For example…One entry could be the character talking about what kind of person s/he is; one could be the character talking about what s/he likes about the town s/he lives in; etc…

6. Sales Talk Month:
Have you ever been told you talk too much? Are you one of those people who could convince anyone to do things for you? Then you may be a salesperson. Take this opportunity to sell your book to readers. How? You are the salesperson, you will think of the perfect way whether it is a…
… poster
… tv commercial
… radio ad
… etc.

7. 3-D Models, Stage Setting, Diorama, etc! Month: April
Could you create an artistic representation of one of the characters? If so let’s see it. Also include with the model of a character that you have made a one page typed description telling us a little more about who this character is and their importance in the story.

Would you like to create a model of the setting, a diorama, etc? Then go for it – include along with it a description of what the place/thing is and why it is important to the story.

8. Interview a Character Month:
Get creative with this idea! First create a list of interesting questions (think Oprah or Dr. Phil like) that you could pose to one of the characters. Then determine what their response would be to the questions. These could be presented in written form, recorded on a tape, videotaped, or any other way you can think of. It’s a good way to get your parents or siblings helping you, have them become the interviewer while you be the character.

9. A Newspaper Month:
The book you are reading definitely has a setting (a place where the story takes place). It is up to you now to create the town, city, or places hometown newspaper. Remember to include:
-the big hit stories (front page!)
-entertainment section
Check out another paper (like the Star Phoenix) for ideas of what a paper needs to have!

10. Letter to the Author Month:

· Look in the book for an address or ask me to help get the address for them or their publisher.
· Write your author (addressing them properly--Dear Mr., Dear Mrs. or Dear Ms.). You are expected to use proper letter writing standards as learned in ELA.
· Tell him or her why you liked the book and ask any questions that you may have (like, “Why did the story end the way it did?” “Why did you have the character do...? etc.). Letters are to be a page in length.
· Two handwritten copies (no xeroxing) must be turned in, so that after presenting your letter we can mail the second copy to the author. If you receive a response you can share it with the class.

Some descriptions are below.

1. Traditional Written Book Report
There are many “traditional” written book report forms, where you take the different provided headings and fill in the required information about the book that you have read. If you are choosing this option, choose from one of the options found at the back of this package that allow you to fill in information about the book you read.

2. Write a Sequel, a New Beginning, or a New Ending for the Book
Could you give this book a series? If so give us the next book that continues the story. Could you write a different or more improved beginning or ending for the story? If so then this is the choice for you. In 3-5 pages typed write one of the choices provided to you. (Remember Times New Roman, no bigger than 16!).

6. TV/Radio Report
Do you have a video camera at home? A tape player where you could record your voice? If so then you have the ability to…
… create a version of the news for the
… create radio reports, or a radio talk show
about the book
… a talk show with the characters as the
… etc!

7. Become the Illustrator
Could this book be better if it had some pictures to look at? Create 10 different pictures that could be added into the text of the story to help the reader understand and make the book more enjoyable. On the back of each picture describe the part in the book that you are portraying.

8. Create a Comic Book
Enjoy reading comics – then turn your book into one! You can focus your comic on the whole story – or maybe just part, but make the story come alive in picture and captions. Your comic should have at least 32 different frames. (I have some layouts you could use – let me know if you are interested).

11. Puppet Show
Choose one of your favorite parts from the story and create a puppet show to perform in front of the class. You may use puppets you have or create them, it is up to you. The show should be at least 3 minutes long.

12. Make It A Movie
All the great books these days seem to also become hit movies. Turn the book you have read into a movie. This may mean you decide to act out parts of it with the help of some great friends and family – or you may to decide to write a portion of the script and choose actors who you would cast to play each part. There are many things to do here, let your imagination go (and let me know where it is headed!)

13. Travel Brochure
You hold a position in the local town office (of the place where your story is set) and you are looking to attract tourists to your place. Create a brochure that will draw tourists to your location. Where will they be going? What can they do there? What is the place known for? Etc!

16. Read it Mrs. Sherwin!!!
Did you read a book that you think I just have to read? If so then email me and in at least a page tell me why you think I have to read the book. What makes it so good? Don’t give away the whole story though, but get me hooked so that I go looking for it!

18. Thumbs UP or Thumbs DOWN?
Was this an awesome book, or not so awesome? Create your own personal review of the book (stars system, number rating, whatever) but back up your review with facts and reasons why the book is so good or not so good.

20. Got another Idea? Let me Hear it!!!
If you have an amazing way to present your book and story (there are so many ways to do it) then let me know what you’d like to do and we can discuss the idea further.