Ten Great Creative Book Report Ideas

There are many, many great ways for students to respond to literature. Students especially enjoy creative book reports. These will work for most any book and are especially good when students are reading independent book selections. A quick web search will reveal that there are many ideas out there for creative book reports, but they are not all good ideas. Here are, in my opinion, the ten of the best creative book report ideas.

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Book in a Box  Decorate a box to represent the book and fill it with objects that symbolize different aspects of the story (see student handout example below).

Book Timeline  Use words and pictures to make a timeline of important events from the book.

Book Mobile  Create a mobile using the four story elements (setting, character, plot, theme).

Shoe Box Diorama  An oldie, but a goodie, create a diorama of an important scene from the book.

Book Collage  Create a collage using pictures that represent different parts of the book.

Movie Poster  Pretend the book is going to be made into a movie and create a poster to promote the movie.

Main Character  Make a 3-D model of the main character and write an interview with that character.

Setting  Make and label a detailed map of an important setting from your book.

Scrapbook  Make a scrapbok with items and pictures athat are important to the life of the main character and to the story.

PowerPoint Presentation  Create a PowerPoint presentation with slides for the story elements as well as a summary and opinion.

Once your students have completed their projects, be sure to allow them time to share with the class.

This post was inspired by my son's college literature group, who were assigned to dramatize Oedipus Rex and chose to do it with sock puppets.

What is your favorite book project?  Please share with a comment


Tamara L. Chilver said...

Love the movie poster idea! I have never thought about that before!

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Rachel Lynette said...

I loved this idea for a linky party - thanks so much!

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Janie said...

Rachel, I just want to thank you for always being so generous with so many of your wonderful ideas, task cards & posters. Truly, it means so much that you help others out so much! Thanks again! Please know how much I appreciate everything you share with the rest of us in this great profession of ours :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the idea of the 3D model of the main character. Never thought of it before. It's a pretty cool idea I am going to use it on my book called Betsy Ross. Once again THANK YOU!!!!! B-) :-D ;-) :-)

Anonymous said...

I love the idea for a book in the box! All the kids and parents loved it! Completely decorated the room! You have such great ideas!

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