Projects Lisa Kihn
How do students share what they have gained from reading a book?
Book projects offer students a variety of ways to demonstrate what
they have learned, while using their varied talents. These projects
are particularly good for gifted students. I like to let students
choose their favorite ideas or come up with one of their own. These
can be used for any independent reading book.
- Paint portraits of two of the main characters in the novel.
Explain their character traits in short paragraphs.
- Imagine you are one of the characters in the novel. Present
a speech in which you take a stand as the character would on a
major issue in the novel.
- Write a news article based on the main character in the novel.
Look in the newspaper for examples.
- Write bio-poems about the main characters. Include three character
- Create a timeline surrounding the events occurring during the
- You are a news reporter! Prepare questions to use to interview
the characters in the novel. Write the responses, as the character
would say them.
- You have unearthed a trunk containing personal items from the
character. Make a trunk and insert drawings or actual items that
relate and that give insights into the true character.
- Write a dialogue between characters. Give details about the
character through the conversation. Act out the conversation with
a partner in the class.
- Write a portion of a newscast using a character from the novel
as the focus of the news report. Give examples of the character's
traits as reasons why the character is "newsworthy."
- Come up with a challenging idea of your own. Bring your alternate
idea to your teacher for approval.