Ideas for Creative Book Report Projects

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Book reports need not be boring retellings of stories. Turn them into creative projects complete with artwork, technology applications, acting or writing with a creative twist. Once the ideas start to flow, you will find a large number of creative ways for you to turn the old-fashioned book report into an outstanding and interesting presentation that others actually enjoy viewing.

1 Art

Art provides a creative way to prepare a book report with many variations and options. Use the idea of movie posters but make a book poster to advertise and sell the book. Be sure to include a summary or pictures that show the beginning, middle and end along with the characters and settings.

Create a triorama triplet to tell the story in three-dimensional art by creating three trioramas. Decorate the trioramas with cutout characters and scenery, one each for the beginning, middle and end of the story then attach them all together, back-to-back in a circle.

Create a puppet or mask of the main character then tell the story using the puppet or mask. Use the character's voice and point of view to tell the story. If the report is not oral, create a large paper mache character from the story and once painted, use a permanent marker to write the characters, plot and setting information on the character itself.

2 Technology

Use technology to make a book report by creating a sales or travel brochure about the book using computer software. Pretend the brochures advertises either the book or the setting in which the book takes place.

Another way to use technology is to create a slide show to describe the plot, characters and scenery of the book. The slide show might contain the book's information in a poem, a character interview, a video scrapbook or even a music video.

3 Acting

The book report might include an oral presentation but be sure to give it a creative twist by including singing, acting or even a cheer routine. Write words to tell the book report with a song using a familiar childhood tune or cheer.

Another way to use acting is to pretend to be the author of the book and enlist a friend to interview you on an imaginary talk show where you tell all about the book. Alternatively, have another person be a character from a different story and ask your character about the things that they did in the book.

4 Writing

Use your journalistic skills and create a pretend front page telling all about the main event or climax of the book. Another newspaper idea is to write a letter to the editor as one of the main characters with a problem and seeking help.

Create an ABC book as the book report for a story by using a main idea, character or word about the story beginning with each letter of the alphabet. You could also create a journal or scrapbook as one of the characters to serve as a book report.

Elizabeth Stover, an 18 year veteran teacher and author, has a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Maryland with a minor in sociology/writing. Stover earned a masters degree in education curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas, Arlington and continues to work on a masters in Educational Leadership from University of North Texas. Stover was published by Creative Teaching Press with the books "Science Tub Topics" and "Math Tub Topics."