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Monday, December 18, 2017

Book Reports for Quarter 2

8th Grade Project Details

A-Day – Monday, January 9    —    B-Day – Tuesday, January 10
Option
Details
Feature Article
Use the knowledge you gained from the Interview Article project to write a feature article. Choose an interesting event from the book that relates to the story’s main conflict and report on that event as a writer for a newspaper or magazine. Be sure to include proper titles, headlines, quotes, pictures, captions, etc. that readers typically find in articles in a minimum of 350 words.
Personal Themes
Explain five things you learned while reading the book; these should be related to themes you picked up from the novel, not fun-facts anyone can research. You may write a paper or create a Google Slides presentation explaining how/why you learned these things from the story. If you write a paper, it should be at least 350 words. If you use Slides, you must include at least seven different informative, attractive, organized slides and present it to the class.
TV Episode
For this project, select one of your favorite scenes from the book to act out and record a TV episode. Use the novel as a guide to write the script, and grab a couple of friends and a recording device to help you act out the episode. The title of the “show” will be the same as the book title, and the title of the episode should accurately reflect the content of the scene/chapter. (Minimum of 4 minutes)
Comic Book
Create a comic book that relates one entire chapter of your book. Include at least 10 panels, or individual frames, that display the events of the chapter with pictures, narration boxes, and thought and speech bubbles. You may use color or the comic book can be drawn in black and white; just make sure that your work is neat, attractive, detailed, and informative. Use published graphic novels to help give you ideas.
Compare/Contrast
Select two of your favorite characters from the book. Then, to pre-write, complete a Venn diagram to brainstorm similarities and differences between these two characters. These topics should include (but aren’t limited to) appearance, background, and personality. Use the diagram to write a four-paragraph comparison/contrast essay. Remember that the first paragraph should be an introduction, and the last should be a conclusion. (Minimum of 350 words)
Honors Addition
PREQUEL/SEQUEL
Using your knowledge of the book, write a short story (3-4 pages, 1.5 spaced) that is either a prequel (a story containing events occurring before the novel) or a sequel (a story containing events occurring after the novel). The story must mostly be made up of narration, but some realistic dialogue is encouraged. Plot and setting details should convincingly reflect the content and style of the novel.

7th Grade Project Details

Book Report #2: Due Monday, January 9
Option
Details

Personal Themes
Explain five things you learned while reading the book. You may write a paper or create a Google Slides presentation explaining how/why you learned these things from the story. If you write a paper, it should be at least 300 words. If you use Slides, you must include at least seven different informative, attractive, organized slides and present it to the class.


Comic Book
Create a comic book that relates one entire chapter of your book. Include at least 8 panels, or individual frames, that display the events of the chapter with pictures, narration boxes, and thought and speech bubbles. You may use color or the comic book can be drawn in black and white; just make sure that your work is neat, attractive, detailed, and informative. Use published graphic novels to help give you ideas.


Compare/Contrast
Select two of your favorite characters from the book. Then, to pre-write, complete a Venn diagram to brainstorm similarities and differences between these two characters. These topics should include appearance, background, and personality. Use the diagram to write a four-paragraph comparison/contrast essay. Remember that the first paragraph should be an introduction, and the last should be a conclusion. (Minimum of 300 words)

Feature Article
Choose an interesting event from the book that relates to the story’s main conflict and report on that event as a writer for a newspaper or magazine. Be sure to include proper titles, headlines, quotes, pictures, captions, etc. that readers typically find in articles in a minimum of 350 words.

Monday, October 2, 2017

October Book Report Projects

Project Expectations

Book Report Rubric
Category
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15
10
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’ve 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.

Project Options - 8th

A-Day – Monday, October 16    —    B-Day – Tuesday, October 17
Option
Details
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 6+ 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.

Project Options - 7th

Book Report #1: Due Monday, October 16
Option
Details

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 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.

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 or read the book. It must be at least two minutes long but no longer than five minutes.

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 sentence-long caption that provides an explanation of the picture.