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Historical Fiction "book report"
Old 10-14-2010, 06:04 AM
 
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Anyone out there do anything cool for historical fiction 'book reporting'? I kind of wanted to get away from doing an actual book report, but feel the need for my kids to do some sort of project. Any ideas??


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I've had good success with a book jacket "book report" - I've attached the template I used. You'll probably have to help them make the actual book jacket - my kids had problems making the actual jacket.
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My kids also enjoyed making this scrapbook project...this would work really well with historical ficiton because they could make their scrapbook look old and worn with fancy, old-fashioned handwriting. I did NOT come up with these templates...I'm not sure where I got them.
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We do Book Talks throughout the year. For every book talk, the students complete a Book Talk Outline (identifying all of the major story elements), give an oral presentation (the Book Talk itself), and complete a different project. Each book talk has a different genre--each genre has a different project. For my Historical Fiction piece, students complete a diary entry for the main character. I really stress thinking & writing & "speaking" like the main character in the novel. They seem to enjoy it. I do this genre first thing in the year though since their motivation is a little bit more high. (Historical Fiction books can be TOUGH!)

Here's a link to my website where you'll find out more about our book talks & the documents I use.

http://msnoblesclass.webs.com
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Thanks for posting this....I too am in need of refreshing ideas.
MsNoble your website is awesome.....room so very inviting!


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of that era and real historical events might be a good project. They could include about ten historical events on their timeline and add some pictures as well.
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I'm saving all these ideas! They are great! Maybe I'll be able to do them in my student teaching placement!
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I teach 4th grade and had the students do a timeline last year with the historical fiction. It was a success - both parents and students commented on this. I did find, however, that there were a few students that didn't get the idea of a time line. I pulled them aside at another time to teach them this concept.
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What great ideas! I took a grad class recently and the prof. showed us a timeline done with historical paper dolls made by students.

I've had my kids dress up as a character in their historical fiction and give an oral report from the perspective of that character.
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Old 10-16-2010, 07:32 AM
 
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Sweetmilker,
I really like your book reports, thanks for sharing them.


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Thanks EVERYONE
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ALL of these are terrific ideas and going right into my lit response folder Could be used all together on a menu of choices! Really makes my day to find such gems on PT.
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Absolutely wonderful site! Such wonderful ideas...can't wait to check out your November information
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A former co-worker used to do "Historical Fiction Friends"... Students read historical fiction of their choice (with some parameters), and they chose their favorite character. They were told they needed to creatively make an artistic representation of the character they chose. There were two restrictions: 1. It could be made out of any material they chose, and 2. It had to be less than four feet tall. They had to include a summary of the book told in the perspective of their character, written in first-person.

Although many kids received help from home, the products were awesome. Some people had help sewing replica dolls, others used clay, etc. Her room looked great with these items on display!
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Mrs. Noble I lOVE your room!
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I'm late to the game here, but my first thought was to create the front page of a newspaper from the era of the book. There could be a main news article (summary of the plot), a human interest story (character analysis), an editorial of some sort, and whatever else might fit (a weather forecast if there is a weather event in the story, a special-interest piece on a minor plotline, etc.).
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Thanks for scrapbook idea and template!!!
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Very nice, thank you very much! I just joined Proteacher to get a copy of your template, and I am very pleased with it, as will be my team mates!
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Great idea!
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Hi,
Great Idea I love this! What were your requirement? How many events did they need to include? Pictures or not? Would love to see more about how you did this!
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