There are 17 project options. Ones with an asterisk (*) in front of them are recommended for story options given to you as part of this workshop. However, that does not mean you have to pick one of those. You can venture out and choose the one that is right for you. Also, the projects tagged as [Easy] are one that in my classroom students would be able to receive a maximum score of 80 percent.
* Write a diary from the main character.
Imagine you are a character in the book. Write a diary that they would have written. It must cover at least 3 major events from the book, beginning, middle, and end. More is always better. Each entry must be multiple paragraphs (3+ and 5+ sentences per paragraph). Each entry should be at least 500 words in length.
Works For: “Marigolds,” “Through the Tunnel,” and Ray Bradbury short stories.
* Compare the book to the movie.
Compare and contrast the book and the movie version of the book. What things were the same, what things were different? Did the changes help or take away from the story? Why do you think they made those changes? Write a 5-paragraph essay. You must make at least 3 points of comparison.
Works For: “The Veldt” does have a 20 minutes YouTube movie.
* Create a test with answer key.
Here is your chance to be a teacher. Make a test for your book. Your test should be at least 50 questions and should contain a mix of multiple choice, true/false, matching, or short answer. Your test must have an essay question. Please include an answer key for your test.
Works For: Fiction . . . Great for News Literacy (pulling out key details). Fiction and nonfiction could benefit from using annotation skills to organize the test.
* Create a promotion campaign.
The book needs to be promoted. Create multiple promotional items to let the public know about your book. Include persuasive paragraphs to get potential readers interested. Make radio commercials, TV commercials, news ads, social media ads, etc. At least 3 promotional materials.
Works For: Fiction in general, but it could be good for nonfiction with some creativity.
* Create a timeline of events.
Create a timeline of events in your story. Your timeline should cover the entire book start to finish. It should be visually appealing. Make it look interesting. Remember that timelines establish an amount of time and should have a key to explain how long between each event. Write 3-5 sentences to explain each event and why it is significant. You should cover at least 10 events in your story.
Works For: Fiction and nonfiction.
Journal/blog your thoughts as you read.
Keep a journal of your personal thoughts as you read your book. Your journal should include thoughts, observations, and predictions for every chapter in the book. Each journal entry/chapter observation should be at least 3-5 sentences or at least 200 words.
Works For: Fiction and nonfiction.
Create a vlog (video blog, like a diary but in videos!).
Imagine you are a character in the book. Create a video journal, or vlog, that they would have created. It must cover at least 3 major events from the book, beginning, middle, and end. More is always better. Each video should be at least 2 minutes.
Create a persuasive bulletin board. [Easy]
Bulletin boards can be a great way to get someone interested in a book. Create a persuasive bulletin board. It should have 3-5 persuasive paragraphs to convince potential readers that this book is for them! The bulletin board should be visually appealing and organized to grab someone’s attention and give them good information!
Make an ABC book. [Easy]
Create an ABC book for your book. Each letter of the alphabet should represent something in the book. All letters must be used. Every letter must have at least 2 sentences to explain as well as a picture. The introduction to your book should have author, setting, and publication information. Your book must have a cover.
* Compare and contrast lifestyles.
Compare and contrast the lives of your characters with your own life. What things are the same, what things are different? You must write a 5-paragraph essay or create a detailed poster that goes deeply into each element that is the same or different- bullet points won’t cut it! You need at least 5 points of comparison and 5 points of contrast, and you should use a graphic organizer to show how the comparisons/contrasts intersect.
Works For: Our current lifestyles to “The Veldt.”
Write a poetic summary.
Summarize the book that you read in a poem. Poems should be in a ballad format with 20-25 stanzas, and each stanza should have four lines with the 2nd and 4th lines rhyming. The summary should cover the entire book, start to finish.
* Create a playlist.
Create a playlist to go with your book. Your playlist must have at least 6 songs. You must find a way to get the songs to the teacher – either email the songs, email links to music videos, or create a CD. Each song must have a 1-2 paragraph (at least 200 words) explanation that states why the song fits the character or plot element. Songs should be for the book as a whole, the main character, the main antagonist, the setting, the problem, and the theme.
Works For: Great for fiction and nonfiction.
* Create a book trailer.
Just like a movie trailer, a book trailer tells the story in a way that touches on highlights, but sells the audience on wanting to experience it. Your trailer should be between 90 seconds and 2 minutes in length. It should showcase various aspects of the book, especially the main characters and the primary plot point of the story. Remember, a trailer doesn’t give away the ending, so your trailer shouldn’t either.
Works For: Great for fiction.
* Create a podcast.
This should take on the form of an interview with the author of the book. You could choose audio only or take it a step further through the use of video, props, and costumes. The interview should cover topics such as why the author wrote the book, what the inspiration was for the story and the characters, a discussion of at least two significant portions of the book, and background information on the author. The podcast should be at least 7 minutes in length, and the interview must be scripted out and submitted as well.
Works For: Great for nonfiction.
Create an alternate story.
Identify a turning point in the book’s plot, then switch it up. What would happen if the series of events didn’t happen that way? What if Romeo had received the letter? Write how the story would be different. You could also create a character that would fit into the world of your novel by writing a character sketch and then constructing a scene in which this new character interacts with one or more main characters of the story. Another option would be to take your favorite scene or chapter from the text and rewrite it in a different setting. How would “Macbeth” look and sound in a modern, urban setting? Regardless of the direction you choose to take it, your alternate take on the story must be at least 750 words (not including the character sketch you must create if you choose that route).
* Create a character resume.
Choose a character from your book. Consider what type of job the character would be seeing, and write a resume for that job. Resumes may be funny or serious as long as it reflects the true nature of the character and the job he/she is applying for. The resume should be structured like a resume, so research what a quality resume looks like and includes, and it should be no longer than 2 pages in length.
Works For: Fiction.
Create a character scrapbook.
Brainstorm what goes into a scrapbook. Look at scrapbooks friends and family might have. Then choose a character from your book. Consider what that character holds most dear in his/her life. Draw out clues from the text to determine this, and then come up with mementos that represent those clues. Your scrapbook should be structured like a scrapbook, and it should have at least 50 mementos that help tell the story of that character and his/her experiences in the story. The final page of your scrapbook should be a 350-500 word explanation of why you chose various mementos and how it all comes together to tell the story of your character.