The most important and consistent homework assignments you’ll receive throughout the year will be reading several books. Your job is to bring a book every day to class, but it must be a book you’re actually reading on a daily basis—not one you just grabbed during lunch from the library. The genre of book you choose is totally up to you! Although most students choose novels (mystery, adventure, etc.), there are other options as well. Maybe you’re really into non-fiction military-related stories, or maybe a book of poetry is more your style. Great! Pick out something you will enjoy reading over several weeks because you will be reading it in and out of language arts class regularly.
During the course of the year, you will read at least four books on your own, completing a project for each. If you are a fast reader, it might be that you read more than four books; read as many books as you want, but you only have to complete projects for four of them. If reading a book takes you quite a bit of time, it’s important that the book is attached to your hip so you can read a little here and there whenever possible. Do what’s necessary to finish the book on time, for it’s a big part of your language arts grade.
For each book report, you will be given a choice of several possible projects to choose from. Select a project that works well for the content of your book. Your due dates are set in stone, so use your planner to help you break up this very large assignment into smaller, more manageable chunks. This 75-point project is graded on instructions, effort, and originality. The chart below shows how you will be scored.
Book Report Rubric
|Instructions||It’s clear that the student understood the task well, for all of the project’s instructions were followed flawlessly.||The student understood the task, for most of the project’s instructions were followed, but one or two requirements were left out.||It’s unclear whether or not the student understood the task because several required items were left out of the project.||Either the student didn’t understand the task or the student didn’t take the time to follow the project’s instructions.|
|Effort||The student undoubtedly devoted a lot of time and effort into the project because it’s neat, detailed, and something to be proud of.||The student devoted some time and effort into the project because it’s neat and fairly detailed, but there is some room for improvement.||The student devoted a little time and effort into the project, but it could be neater, and more details could have improved the project’s quality.||It’s clear that the student didn’t devote enough time and effort into the project because it’s not very professional and lacks quality. There’s a big need for improvement.|
|Originality||The project contains many creative, interesting, and important details. Clearly the student thought the project through carefully.||The project contains several creative, interesting, and important details. The student thought about the project before starting.||The project contains a few creative, interesting, and important details, but parts are vague or confusing.||The project contains little evidence of creative, interesting, or important details. The student could’ve put more thought into the project.|
Book Report #1: The chart below provides choices for the first quarter book report project.
A-Day – Monday, October 15 — B-Day – Tuesday, October 16
|Character Interview||Interview a character from your book. Create at least 10 thoughtful questions to ask the character and (pretend) answer them with clear, thorough responses. The questions should give the character the opportunity to discuss his/her thoughts and feelings about events and characters in the story. You may role-play this with a friend in front of the class or type it out magazine style.|
|Make a Timeline||Create a timeline of all the main events in the book. Include a minimum of 15 events written in complete sentences. Create a slides presentation, list the events, or design a poster. Either keep a paper bookmark with room enough to jot down the main events of each chapter as you read, or use sticky notes to mark those events at the end of each chapter to help avoid plagiarism.|
|Give a Sales Talk||Present your book to the class by pretending to be a bookseller. Bring a copy of the novel on the day of your presentation, along with one other visual aid (slideshow, meme, video, poster, costume, audio clip of a passage, business card, etc.). The sales talk should engage the audience and encourage them to buy/read the book. It must be at least two minutes long but no longer than five minutes. Sign up with Mrs. Means.|
|Draw Five Sketches||Reflect on some of the most captivating moments from the book you read and select five scenes to represent in drawings. The five different sketches can be done in pencil, but they must be detailed and represent key features of each scene you choose. Drawing with colored pencils or finely tipped markers are also options. Each sketch must include a paragraph-long caption that provides an explanation of the picture.|
|Journal Entries||Create a journal that one of the story’s main characters might have kept before, during, or after the book’s events. You’ll need to include information on the events the character is going through, but remember that journals record one’s thoughts and feelings in detail. Include at least five entries made up of 8+ sentences each.|
|Honors Addition||CHARACTER YEARBOOK: Create a yearbook that includes pictures and brief facts about each character from the book, as well as a quote that captures the character’s personality. This project would be great for a novel with many characters (i.e. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) because you’ll need to include at least 10. The yearbook can look like an actual yearbook or be presented in a poster or with Slides.|