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Things you can do after finishing your book

If you're tired of the standard book report, or just looking to connect more personally with your book, here are some different ideas you can do after reading a book in English.

Speaking Activities

  • Book Club – Coordinate a mini book club with a few of your classmates.
  • Presentation – Before a small audience of your classmates, create and give a presentation about your book.
  • Open Discussion – Create topical discussion questions concerning your book, then gather some of your classmates to participate.
  • Debate – Create then organize a debate with your classmates centered on the theme or themes of your book.
  • Tell “Your” Story – Present the events of the book through the point of view of one of the characters. Don’t forget to talk about what your character is feeling and speak in the 1st person.
  • "Sell" Your Book - In a 5 minute presentation convince your classmates to read your book.

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Character Focused Activities

  • Profile – Write up a profile on one or more of the characters in the book.
  • Psychoanalysis – “Diagnose” one or more of the characters in the book. http://bit.ly/ecdoclit16
  • CV – Write a fictive CV, résumé or cover letter for one or more of the characters in the book.

Research Writing

  • Author - Research the biography and bibliography of the writer.
  • Character - Research the veracity of a character that was based on a real person.
  • Issue - Research the issues presented in the book.
  • Related History - Research the events of the book with what really happened.

Comparisons

  • Movie – Compare the book to its cinematic adaptation.
  • Another Book – Compare the book to another book of the same subject.
  • Period – Compare the time period of the book with that of today.
  • You – Compare yourself to one or more of the characters in the book. http://bit.ly/ecdoclit15

Fictive Letter Writing

  • Write a letter from yourself to one of the characters in the book.
  • Write a letter to the author.
  • Write a letter from one character of the book to another character of the book.
  • Write a letter from one character of the book to another character of a different book.

Graded Reading

  • Complete the exercises and activities in the back of the book.
    • For Penguin graded readers you can find additional activities online. Penguin.
  • Create different sentences using the new vocabulary you discovered in the book.
  • Any of the activities above. Graded readers still allow you to do any and all of the activities on this list.

Of course this list is not complete, it's only a small sampling of what you can do instead of a book report.  For more ideas talk to your teacher, or search on "alternative ideas for book reports" in your internet search engine.

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