Dynamic Character Speech: Book Report Project for Any Novel or Short Story

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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 and deliver the keynote speech at the Dynamic Character Speaking Conference, an event that highlights the transformational stories of those who have undergone a significant inner change. This can be used with any novel or short story!

This project allows students to demonstrate a deep understanding of how a character has changed and has them use strong evidence from the text to reflect on the transformation. They also develop a strong speech that conveys a message through the use of the personal narrative format. They also improve speaking skills (body language, eye contact, pace, voice, volume, and tone) .

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, student handout, pre-writing organizers, editing checklists included! There is absolutely no prep required to implement this assignment!


• Students watch a hand-drawn video that introduces the assignment to students to help them get into the mindset of being the protagonist of their own story. They will consider the message they would like to deliver as keynote speaker, and start thinking about how to deliver it powerfully. 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 handouts, graphic organizers, and checklists to implement the project.


→ Introductory video

→ Teacher and student instructions

→ PowerPoint to guide the project

→ Perfecting Your Delivery information handout

→ Writing Your Speech information handout

→ How Have You Changed graphic organizer

→ Planning Your Speech graphic organizer

→ Peer speech review checklist

→ Speech self-review checklists

→ Good copy sheets

→ Teacher rubric

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.


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