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Submitted by Teacher-2-Teacher contributor Kelly Ling
  1. Give an oral summary of the book.
  2. Give a written summary of the book.
  3. Tell about the most interesting part of the book.
  4. Write about the most interesting part of the book.
  5. Tell about the most important part of the book.
  6. Write about the most interesting part of the book.
  7. Read the interesting parts aloud.
  8. Write about a character you liked or disliked.
  9. Write a dramatization of a certain episode.
  10. Demonstrate something you learned.
  11. Make a peep box of the most important part.
  12. Paint a mural of the story or parts of it.
  13. Paint a watercolor picture.
  14. Make a book jacket with an inside summary.
  15. Make a scale model of an important object.
  16. Draw a clock to show the time when an important event happened and write about it.
  17. Write another ending for the story.
  18. Make up a lost or found ad for a person or object in the story.
  19. Make up a picture story of the most important part.
  20. Draw a picture story of the most important part.
  21. Compare this book with another you have read on a similar subject.
  22. Write a movie script of the story.
  23. Gather a collection of objects described in the book.
  24. Draw or paint pictures of the main characters.
  25. Make a list of words and definitions important to the story.
  26. Make a 3-D scene.
  27. Create a puppet show.
  28. Make a poster to advertise the book.
  29. Give a pantomime of an important part.
  30. Use a map or time-line to show routes or times.
  31. Make a map showing where the story took place.
  32. Tell about the author or illustrator.
  33. Make a flannel board story.
  34. Make a mobile using a coat hanger.
  35. Give a chalk talk about the book.
  36. Do a science experiment associated with the reading.
  37. Tape record a summary and play it back for the class.
  38. Make a diorama.
  39. Make a seed mosaic picture.
  40. Make a scroll picture.
  41. Do a soap carving of a character or animal from the story.
  42. Make a balsa wood carving of a character or animal from the story.
  43. Make stand-up characters.
  44. Make a poem about the story.
  45. Write a book review.
  46. Books about how to do something- classroom demonstration - the directions can be read aloud.
  47. Write the pros and cons (opinion) of a book after careful study.
  48. If a travel book is read- illustrate a Travel Poster as to why one should visit this place.
  49. A vivid oral or written description of an interesting character.
  50. Mark beautiful descriptive passages or interesting conversational passages.
  51. Tell a story with a musical accompaniment.
  52. Make a list of new and unusual words and expressions.
  53. A pantomime acted out for a guessing game.
  54. Write a letter to a friend about the book.
  55. Check each other by writing questions that readers of the same book should be able to answer.
  56. Make a time-line for a historical book.
  57. Broadcast a book review over the schools PA system.
  58. Research and tell a brief biography about the author.
  59. Make models of things read about in the book.
  60. Make a colorful mural depicting the book.
  61. A picture or caption about laughter for humorous books.
  62. Compare one book with a similar book.
  63. Think of a new adventure for the main character.
  64. Write a script for an interview with the main character.
  65. Retell the story to a younger grade.
  66. Choral reading with poetry.
  67. Adding original stanzas to poetry.
  68. Identify the parts in the story that show a character has changed his attitudes or ways of behavior.
  69. Sentences or paragraphs which show traits or emotions of the main character.
  70. Parts of the story which compare the actions of two or more characters.
  71. A part that describes a person, place or thing.
  72. A part of the story that you think could not have really happened.
  73. A part that proves a personal opinion that you hold.
  74. A part which you believe is the climax of the story.
  75. The conversation between two characters.
  76. Pretend you are the main character and retell the story.
  77. Work with a small group of students. Plan for one to read orally while the others pantomime the action.
  78. Write a letter to one of the characters.
  79. Write a biographical sketch of one character. Fill in what you don't find in the text using your own imagination.
  80. Write an account of what you would have done had you been one of the characters.
  81. Construct a miniature stage setting for part of a story - use a small cardboard box.
  82. Children enjoy preparing a monologue from a story.
  83. Marking particularly descriptive passages for oral reading gives the reader and his audience an opportunity to appreciate excellent writing, and gives them a chance to improve their imagery and enlarge their vocabulary.
  84. The child who likes to make lists of new unusual and interesting words and expressions to add to his vocabulary might share such a list with others, using them in the context of the story.
  85. Giving a synopsis of a story is an excellent way of gaining experience in arranging events in sequences and learning how a story progresses to a climax.
  86. Using information in a book to make a scrapbook about the subject.
  87. A puppet show planned to illustrate the story.
  88. Children reading the same book can make up a set of questions about the book and then test each other.
  89. Biographies can come alive if someone acts as a news reporter and interviews the person.
  90. Preparing a book review to present to a class at a lower level is an excellent experience in story- telling and gives children an understanding of how real authors must work to prepare books for children.
  91. Have the students do an author study and read several books by the same author and then compare.
  92. Cutting a piece of paper in the form of a large thumbnail and placing it on the bulletin board with the caption Thumbnail Sketches and letting the children put up drawings about the books they've read.
  93. Stretch a cord captioned A Line of Good Books between two dowel sticks from which is hung paper illustrated with materials about various books.
  94. Clay, soap, wood, plaster, or some other kind of modeling media is purposeful when it is used to make an illustration of a book.
  95. Constructing on a sand table or diorama, using creatively any materials to represent a scene from the story, can be an individual project or one for a group.
  96. A bulletin board with a caption about laughter or a picture of someone laughing at excerpts from funny stories rewritten by the children from material in humorous books.
  97. Visiting the children's room at the public library and telling the librarian in person about the kinds of books the children would like to have in the library.
  98. Video tape oral book reports and then have the children take turns taking the video home for all to share.
  99. Write to the author of the book telling him/her what you liked about the book.
  100. Be Book Report Pen Pals and share book reports with children in another school.

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