Hanging book reports provide an alternative to traditional book reports. Instead of writing a paper outlining the plot, characters and other elements of the book, students include that information on shapes that hang from a clothes hanger or other device. Hanging book reports may include short paragraphs summarizing the different elements of the book or take a more creative approach, using symbols and pictures to provide an analysis of the book.

Events Ladder

Step 1

Punch a hole in the top and bottom of 11 index cards.

Step 2

Tie the index cards together with short pieces of yarn.

Step 3

Write the title of the book on the first index card.

Step 4

List the 10 most important events of the story in order from first to last on the remaining index cards, sticking to a single sentence to describe each event.

Step 5

Decorate each card with a picture or symbol to represent the event.

Step 6

Tie the yarn at the top of the first index card to a paper clip to make a hook for hanging it on the ceiling.

Character Report

Step 1

Trace a gingerbread man cookie cutter onto a piece of card stock or construction paper. Trace enough gingerbread men to represent the major characters in the book.

Step 2

Cut out the gingerbread men and punch a hole in the top of each one.

Step 3

Color one side of each gingerbread man to represent a character in the book. Include important facial features and any styles of clothing or accessories mentioned in the story. For example, if a character enjoy music, add a pair of headphones.

Step 4

Write a basic description of the character on the back of each gingerbread man.

Step 5

Tie a piece of yarn in the hole of each gingerbread man and attach them to a clothes hanger.

Book Summary

Step 1

Cut out shapes from construction paper or card stock to represent the plot, characters, setting, theme, author and personal opinion of a book.

Step 2

Write what element of the story the shape represents on each side of the shape.

Step 3

Explain the plot, characters, setting, theme, author and personal opinion of the book on the opposite side of each shape.

Step 4

Punch a hole in the top of each shape.

Step 5

Tie a different length of yarn to each shape and attach them to a hanger so that the shapes fall at different levels.