Book report project assignment: read a book, summarize the book’s plot and major themes, write a paper, and present it to your classmates. Rinse and repeat.
Traditional book reports have been a staple of English classrooms for years. They can be valuable ways of assessing student skills like summarizing and synthesis. In fact, a book report was my first homework assignment in America when I moved here in the third grade. Of course, after years of the same assignment, the novelty quickly wore off and I started dreading the review process. So, now that I find myself in the position of assigning book reports, I figured it would be worthwhile to investigate other options. Thanks to technology, there are lots of alternatives!
Check out these 12 alternatives to the traditional book report:
- Create a movie trailer for the book using Animoto
- Depict an alternate ending for the book using Xtranormal
- Create a word cloud featuring important themes and motifs in the novel using Wordle
- Create a comic strip summary of the novel using Pixton
- Create a playlist for the novel using Grooveshark and explain the song choices
- Create a 3D model of an important building or location in the novel using Google Sketchup
- Create a web diagram of character relationships using Text2MindMap
- Create a fake Facebook profile for one of the main characters using Fakebook
- Create a Pinterest board summary for the novel and pin relevant images, links and videos
- Create and post to a blog in the persona of one of the main characters using Blogger
- Create trading cards for main characters using ReadWriteThink’s Trading Card Generator
- Create a fake text message conversation between the main characters using iFakeText