This character cellphone book report is an excellent way to get your students to think critically about the book they are reading. This is an alternative to a traditional book report because it really requires students to analyze the character, make inferences and think outside of the box. The great thing about this report is that it can be completed DURING reading, rather than waiting until a book is completed and risk forgetting important information. Students will use what they know to create a cellphone that represents the character, but will also defend their choices through written explanations and supporting evidence.
1. Create a wallpaper background that relates to the character or plot of the book. (For my non-artistic students I allowed them to choose a quote or song lyrics instead of drawing a background). They then write two paragraphs to explain how it represents the book/character with supporting evidence from the book.
2. Create 4 ORIGINAL apps (cannot be ones that already exist) including what the app symbol looks like and the name of it. They will when write a few sentences explaining how the app works and why their character would have it on their phone.
3. Create a "To Do" list and explain why the character would have each item on their list.
4. Create a text message conversation (that did not actually take place in the book) and include the speech bubbles/emojis for each message. These texts must discuss the CONFLICT in the book.
SCORING RUBRIC INCLUDED! I have found that this is a great on-going project for middle schoolers. They can work on it at their own pace and complete sections once they feel they have read enough of the book. My studens LOVED this book report! I printed it out on legal sized paper so it would not get lost and it was easier for them to include everything, but it will also print on regular sized paper as well.