If you have looked in my Amazon store, you’ll notice a few trade books that I absolutely love. I just added one because of a project my Pre-AP students did in December.
After the scrapbook book report, my colleagues and I were planning a winter carnival. As an assignment that could be displayed as decor, I assigned a mobile book report to go with my required reading selection The Outsiders.
On my shelf, I discovered a book called 10 Ready-to-Go Book Report Projects (Grades 4-8)by Rebekah Elmore and Michael Gravois. I found a great mobile book report that works as a character sketch. The student determines three distinctive choices that the character makes and puts each choice both at the top of the mobile and in one of three shapes. They then write about what that choice was, how it influenced the story, what it looked like (in a drawing), and both other choices that could have been made and the consequences of those behaviors.
What I like about using the book is that I copied it, gave it to the students, and most understood. Now this is an advanced class. My colleagues that assigned it had to tweak it a bit for their academic classes and found it very time-consuming. One friend even made a handout with graphics of the shapes (because she is awesome like that).
After the project finished, I displayed them on a Christmas tree at our carnival and consequently did not take pictures.
My suggestions for assigning this:
- Definitely assign a book that you have read. The Outsiders was a decent choice.However, you can watch the movie on Youtube, and the movie is very close to the book.
- Either have a sample available or have abundant class time. We have 45 minute classes and it took one teacher a week and a half.
- You may also have pre-assembled cut-outs (I would have someone do this for extra credit).
The overview and rubric is available in the sample pages on Amazon. It is kind of pricey new, but if you would like more details or handouts, email me or comment.