Encourage a love of reading in your students with this fun and engaging book report activity! Students will need an aluminum can or coffee can. They will design and illustrate a wrapping for the can based on the climax of the story, then use the Items included in this activity guide to fill their can with knowledge!
Included are question stems focusing on plot summary (conflict, rising/falling action, climax, resolution), setting, and author's purpose. The question stems are organized so that they can easily be cut into strips that will go in the can. The packet includes clear directions to the teacher for completing the project, as well as a detailed, but simple, grading rubric for you!
The questions stems are:
-Who is the main character?
-What is he/she like?
-What does he/she do or say that helps you understand him/her?
-What is the main problem in the story?
-How do you know this is a problem?
-What does the character do or say that tells you this is a problem?
-What does the main character want? How do you know?
-What challenges or struggles does the main character face? How do you know they are challenges?
-What is the “turning point” in the story?
-What happens to make things worse?
-How do you know that this is the story’s climax?
-What choices are the main character forced to make?
-How do the choices affect the character’s personality or attitude?
-What is he/she beginning to realize?
-How is the problem solved?
-How do the character’s choices help solve the problem?
-How has the character changed from the beginning of the story?
-Why is the setting important to the story?
-Could the story have taken place elsewhere?
-How do historical events or the social environment affect the story?
-Why did the author write this story?
-What is the theme?
-What does the main character do or say that helps you understand the author’s purpose?
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