This assignment is the perfect summative assignment for studying character or characterization, and is a great alternative to the traditional book report. It can be used with students’ independent reading, a novel study, literature circles, or a class read aloud.
For this assignment, students study, analyse and report on different aspects of the main character in the book they are reading. You should supply each student with a lunch-size paper bag (the ones with the flat bottoms work best because they will be filling their bags with objects).
Give students the instruction sheet, success criteria (can also be posted in the classroom), and graphic organizer or assignment sheets (you can either have students write up their own answers using only the graphic organizer and creating their own good copies for the panels, or use the pre-made squares with borders for students to answer in, then cut out and glue to panels of the bag). The rubric should be read and discussed prior to starting assignment (can also be posted in the classroom). For best results, sections should be completed on blank paper and then glued onto the paper bag.
The 10 items that students include inside the bag could be items that the character has or wants, items that change the character or the plot, or items that symbolize the character. I have also included 10 cards for the items that students can use – completing these cards may make it easier for students when (if) they present their projects to classmates.
For assessment I have included a student success
criteria sheet, formal rubric, and a peer feedback form for
This resource is included in my Book Report Bundle which you can view by clicking HERE.
A shorter version of this resource is included in my Characterization Resources for Language Arts
, and Literary Elements Resource Binder