Alternate Ending: Book Report Project for Any Novel or Short Story

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  1. These 6 creative alternatives to the traditional book report can be used with any novel or short story and will engage even your most reluctant students. This bundle includes everything you need to implement five outside-the-box projects that your students will love. The best part is that each ass
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Use this final novel or short story project as an alternative to the traditional book report. In this project, students will write a found alternate ending to the novel or short story they just read. They will then assume the role of a world-renowned literary professor eager to share their thoughts about how the new ending impacts the characters and theme of the story.

This project allows students to demonstrate a deep understanding of theme. They will learn the proper process of writing a thematic statement and will apply this to both the original and alternate text. they will also practice narrative writing skills and imitating the author’s voice in rewriting the resolution of the story.

The best part is that your purchase comes with a hand-drawn video, created by the talented John Spencer, that introduces the assignment to hook students in! Watch the preview video above to get a sneak peek of the video included and download the preview to get a closer look at the assignment instructions, planning sheet, and student handout included! There is absolutely no prep required to implement this assignment!


• Students watch a hand-drawn video that introduces the assignment to students and explains the historians’ discovery of the original edition, and informs them of their objective as the literary professor. This video is highly engaging and will hook your students immediately. Watch the video preview on the product page to get a sneak peek.

• Use the eye-catching PowerPoint presentations to introduce the assignment in more detail to your class and guide you through each element of the project.

• Use the instructions, student handout, planning sheet, to implement the project.


→ Introductory video

→ Teacher and student instructions

→ PowerPoint to guide the project

→ Thematic Statements student handout

→ Writing a Thematic Statement graphic organizer

→ Writing the Alternate Ending Planning Sheet

→ Good copy sheets

→ The Professor’s Analysis reflection assignment

→ Teacher rubric

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.


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