CHOOSE ONE TASK FROM THE HUGE LIST BELOW FOR YOUR WEEKLY PICTURE BOOK ACTIVITY
  1. Summarize the book in poem form with rhyme (minimum 20 lines).
  2. Discuss in depth the relevance of the title.
  3. Write a letter to the author.
  4. Use two other sources to research and write a report on an issue from the book.
  5. Write a one minute radio advertisement persuading the public why they should buy and read this book.
  6. Research and write a report on the author.
  7. Q & A - Pretend you're interviewing a person from the book. Write your interview in question and answer format.
  8. Compare and contrast the book with another you have read.
  9. Discuss cause and effect relationships you found in the book.
  10. Write an editorial based on a controversial issue in the book.
  11. Design a time-line for events in the book.
  12. Write a letter to one of the characters in the book.
  13. As a literary agent, write a letter to the publishing company designed to persuade them to publish this book.
  14. Create a glossary of unfamiliar words and phrases.
  15. Choose your favorite passage from the book. Copy it down and discuss what you found appealing about it.
  16. You're the reporter. Write a front page news story or a report live from the scene.
  17. Write your own test - a combination of matching, multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay.
  18. Journal as you go - As you're reading the book, keep a two-sided reading journal. The left side should have quotes from the book and page numbers. The right side should have your questions, thoughts, observations, revelations, etc.
  19. Wiki Discussion - Partner up with some who's reading the same book. Divide the book into four parts. When you've read the first quarter, write a letter to your partner about your questions, thoughts, observations, revelations, etc. Your partner is to respond. Do the same for the next three sections of the book. When you finish, print out your letters and responses (each partner is to have four letters and four responses).
  20. Interview a character from your book. Write at least ten questions that will give the character the opportunity to discuss his/her thoughts and feelings about his/her role in the story. However you choose to present your interview is up to you.
  21. Write a diary that one of the story's main characters might have kept before, during, or after the book's events. Remember that the character's thoughts and feelings are very important in a diary.
  22. If you are reading the same book as one or more others are reading, dramatise a scene from the book. Write a script and have several rehearsals before presenting it to the class.
  23. Prepare an oral report of 5 minutes. Give a brief summary of the plot and describe the personality of one of the main characters. Be prepared for questions from the class.
  24. Give a sales talk, pretending the students in the class are sales reps in a bookstore and you want them to promote this book.
  25. Visualise some sections of your book. You should choose sections that are emotive and that haven't already been illustrated.
  26. Describe the setting of a scene, and design it using Paint or Pivot.
  27. Construct puppets and present a show of one or more interesting parts of the book. (2 week activity only)
  28. Dress as one of the characters and act out a characterisation.
  29. Imagine that you are the author of the book you have just read. Suddenly the book becomes a best seller. Write a letter to a movie producer trying to get that person interested in making your book into a movie. Explain why the story, characters, conflicts, etc., would make a good film. Suggest a filming location and the actors to play the various roles.
  30. Write a Bellaire Times book review as it would be done for a school newsletter. ( Be sure you read a few before writing your own.)
  31. Construct a diorama (three-dimensional scene which includes models of people, buildings, plants, and animals) of one of the main events of the book. Include a written description of the scene. (1 week only)
  32. Write a feature article (with a headline) that tells the story of the book as it might be found on the front page of a newspaper in the town where the story takes place.
  33. Write a letter (10-sentence minimum) to the main character of your book asking questions, protesting a situation, and/or making a complaint and/or a suggestion. This must be done in the correct letter format.
  34. Write a FULL (physical, emotional, relational) description of three of the characters in the book. Draw a portrait to accompany each description.
  35. Create a mini-comic book relating to your chosen book.
  36. Write and perform an original song that tells the story of the book.
  37. Be a TV or radio reporter, and give a report of a scene from the book as if it is happening "live".
  38. Design a book jacket for the book. I STRONGLY suggest that you look at an actual book jacket before you attempt this.
  39. Create a newspaper for your book. Summarize the plot in one article, cover the weather in another, do a feature story on one of the more interesting characters in another. Include an editorial and a collection of ads that would be pertinent to the story.
  40. Do a collage/poster showing pictures or 3-d items that related to the book, and then write a sentence or two beside each one to show its significance.
  41. Do a book talk. Talk to the class about your book by saying a little about the author, explain who the characters are and explain enough about the beginning of the story so that everyone will understand what they are about to read. Finally, read an exciting, interesting, or amusing passage from your book. Stop reading at a moment that leaves the audience hanging and add "If you want to know more you'll have to read the book." If the book talk is well done almost all the students want to read the book.
  42. Construct puppets and present a show of one or more interesting parts of the book.
  43. Draw a comic strip of your favourite scene.
  44. Use magazine photos to make a collage about the story.
  45. Retell the story in your own words to the class.
  46. Write about what you learned from the story.
  47. Write a different ending for your story.
  48. Write a different beginning.
  49. Write a letter to the author of the book.
  50. Write Graffiti about the book on a "brick" wall (you could use some plain paper and rule up your own 'brick wall'.) Cut your words out of construction paper and glue them on the wall.
  51. Compare and contrast two characters in the story.
  52. Make a time line of all the events in the book.
  53. Make a flow chart of all the events in the book.
  54. Make a map of where the events in the book take place.
  55. Do character mapping, showing how characters reacted to events and changed.
  56. Make a list of character traits each person has.
  57. Make a Venn diagram of the people, events or settings in your story.
  58. Make a poster advertising your book so someone else will want to read it.
  59. Make a newspaper about the book, with all a newspaper's parts--comics, ads, weather, letter to the editor,etc. You can use Publisher for this.
  60. Make a cutout of one of the characters and write about them in the parts.
  61. Make a character tree, where one side is event, symmetrical side is emotion or growth.
  62. Choose a quote from a character. Write why it would or wouldn't be a good motto by which to live your life.
  63. Learn something about the environment in which the book takes place
  64. Retell a part of the story from a different point of view
  65. Choose one part of the story that reached a climax. If something different had happened then, how would it have affected the outcome?
  66. Make a Venn diagram on the ways you are like and unlike one of the characters in your story.
  67. Write about one of the character's life twenty years from now. Your information must link to the information you currently have about the character.
  68. Write a letter from one of the characters to a beloved grandparent or friend.
  69. Send a postcard from one of the characters. Draw a picture on one side, write the message on the other.
  70. Make a Venn diagram comparing your environment to the setting in the book
  71. Choose birthday gifts for one of the characters involved. Tell why you chose them
  72. Draw a picture of the setting of the climax. Why did the author choose to have the action take place here?
  73. Choose five "artifacts" from the book that best illustrate the happenings and meanings of the story. Tell why you chose each one.
  74. Stories are made up; based on conflicts and solutions. Choose three conflicts that take place in the story and give the solutions. Is there one that you wish had been handled differently?
  75. Pretend that you are going to join the characters in the story. What things will you need to pack? Think carefully, for you will be there for a week, and there is no going back home to get something!
  76. Mark a bookmark for the book, drawing a character on the front, giving a brief summary of the book on back after listing the title and author.
  77. Write a multiple choice quiz of the book with at least ten questions. Include right there and think and search questions.
  78. Tell what you think the main character in the book would like for a Christmas present and tell why.
  79. Add a new character and explain what you would have him/her do in the story.
  80. Do some research on a topic brought up in your book.
  81. Write an obituary for one of the characters. Be sure to include life-time accomplishments.
  82. Choose a job for one of the characters in the book and write letter of application.
  83. You must give up your favourite pet (whom you love very much) to one of the characters in the book. Which character would you choose? Why?
  84. Invite one of the characters to dinner, and plan an imaginary conversation with the person who will fix the meal. What will you serve, and why?
  85. Nominate one of the characters for an office in local, state or national government. Which office should they run for? What are the qualities that would make them be good for that office?
  86. Pretend that you can spend a day with one of the characters. Which character would you choose? Why? What would you do?
  87. Write a scene that has been lost from the book.
  88. Write the plot for a sequel to this book.
  89. Add another character to the book. Why would he/she be put there? What part would he/she serve?
  90. Write the plot of the story as if it were a story on the evening news
  91. Make a gravestone for one of the characters.
  92. What other story could have taken place at this same time and setting? Write the plot and about 4 or 5 characters in this new book.