BOOK TASKS - Suggestions and Links

"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers." Charles W. Eliot

There are book tasks galore, but there is only one basic thing to remember. You’ve got to get your pupils to love reading; if they end up hating reading because of the book tasks, then you’ve defeated your purpose. Here is a list of tasks – if anyone knows the original source, please click here. Many teachers question the effectiveness of book reports: see a discussion on the ETNI list and add your opinion.

A list of links to Extensive Reading is stored in the Links section.

1. Write a scene that could have happened in the book you read, but didn’t happen. After you write the scene, explain how it would have changed the outcome of the book.

2. Design an advertising campaign to promote the sale of the book you have read. Include each of the following in your campaign: a poster, a radio or TV commercial, a magazine or newspaper ad, a bumper sticker and a button.

3. Create a board game based on the events and characters of the book you have read. By playing the game, members of the class should learn what happened in the book. Your game must include: a game board, clear directions, events and characters from the story on cards or on the game board.

4. Make a series of five drawings that show five of the major events of the book you have read. Write captions (something relating to the picture) for each drawing so that the drawings can be understood by someone who hasn’t read the book).

5. Select one character from the book you have read who has the qualities of a heroine or a hero. List these qualities and explain why you think they are heroic.

6. Write up an interview with one of the characters in the book you have read. Do this with a partner. Pretend that this character is being interviewed by a magazine or a newspaper reporter. You can then act it out.

7. Write a letter to a friend about the book you have read. Explain why you liked it or why you didn’t like the book.

8. Make a book jacket for the book you have read. Include the title, author and publishing company of the book on the cover. Be sure the pictures or drawings relate to an important aspect of the book. On the inside flap or on the back of your book jacket, write a paragraph telling about the book. Explain why this book makes interesting reading when writing this “blurb”.

9. Imagine the author of the book you have read is a good friend of yours. Write out an imaginary telephone conversation between the tow of you in which you discuss the book you have read and other things as well.

10. Make a collage that represents major characters and events in the book you have read. Use pictures and words cut out from magazines in yur collage.

11. Make a comic strip telling the story. It must be at least twelve frames. Show the major events in the plot of the story. Write a caption or use “speech bubbles” so that each frame can be understood.

12. Pretend you are a character in the book you have read. Write journal or diary entries that show your feelings or ideas about what is happening.

13. Would you like to have one of the characters in the book as a best friend? If “yes”, explain why, and if “no”, explain why not.

14. Write a letter from one of the book’s characters to another. Then write a letter from the second character, answering the first letter.

15. Write a song or a poem about the book. Draw a picture along with it.

16. Make a time-line of events that happened in the book.

17. Draw a map showing where the story takes place; describe what happens in each spot.

18. Write the story or the plot as a newspaper article.

19. Make up a different ending or beginning to the book you have read.

20. Write a diary for one of the characters. Write out at least four days.

21. Write a continuation to the book you have read. It doesn’t have to be very long. Write at least what happened the next day or the night after the book came to an end.

22. Write a conversation between two or more characters which didn’t take place in the book.

23. Write a review about the book you have read for a newspaper.

24. Write about things in the book that could not happen in real life. Which of these things would you like to happen to you?