Creative Book Report Projects for Independent Reading | Graphic Organizers

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This resource includes 101 different ways for students to respond to independent reading. Use them during reader’s workshop, for reading homework, ELA sub plans, and more. The graphic organizers included will help students meet Common Core Standards by looking explicitly at the text and finding answers.


Some may be used by the whole class on a particular day, some may be stored in your classroom library and students may pick them to go along with what they are reading.


If you use the interactive reader’s notebook approach in your classroom, this packet is easily compatible. There are instructions for printing ½ size at the end of this packet.


What’s Included:

37 organizers to use with any book

18 for fiction only

22 for fiction focusing on character traits

15 for nonfiction

3 for chapter books (perfect for a mini-book club or literature circle)

5 Common Core cubes (some assembly required!)

1 Poster for Turn & Talk Strategy


Page Titles:

Capital Castle (capitalization rules)

Double Entry Journal (respond to quotes)

Sequencing (record events in order)

Reader’s Interview (miniature book report)

Nouns (locate and record nouns)

Verbs (locate and record verbs)

Adjectives (locate and record adjectives)

Travel to the Text (extend reading using imagination)

Reader’s Review (book review)

Just Right Books (strategy for choosing appropriate books)

Stop & Jot (take notes while reading)

Unban that Book (persuasive writing)

Awesome Acrostic (acrostic poem about a book)

Book Park (create a theme park based on your book)

A Picture’s Worth 1,000 Words (describe an image and why its important)

Reading Log (record reading & rate books)

Book Billboard (create an advertisement for a book)

Reader’s Scavenger Hunt (whole class reading ice breaker)

Book Bulletin (create an imaginary newspaper about your book)

Fact & Opinion (list facts and opinions in a book)

Mystery Reads (describe a book in words and pictures)

PIE (running nonfiction book record)

Quiz Time (create a quiz for a book)

Title Trade (create alternate titles for a book)

Text Trophy (create an award for a book)

Book Poster (design a poster for a book)

Letters for Littles (create an alphabet book related to a book)

Dear Teacher (write a letter about a book)

5 W Questions (answer who, what, when, where, and why about a book)

Simple Summary (write a book summary)

Text T Shirt (design a t-shirt for a book)

Word Search (create a word search for a book)

Crossword (create a crossword puzzle for a book)

Connections (text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections)

Fan Mail (write a letter to an author about a book they wrote)

To Read or Not to Read (write a letter FOR or AGAINST your book)

Library Letters (write a persuasive letter to the librarian to buy a book)

Sequel (write the beginning of a sequel for a book)

Cause and Effect (choose three events and write their causes and effects)

Theme (determine a theme of a book)

Favorite Part (illustrate and caption a favorite part of a book)

Compare 2 Texts (compare and contrast setting, plot, and theme of two books)

Compare 3 Texts (compare and contrast three books)

Swip Swap (change a story in a significant way)

Creative Cover (design a new book cover)

Five Finger Retell (recall setting, characters, problems, events, and solution)

Worst Nightmare (write a story about a bad day for a character)

Relative Rewrite (rewrite a portion of the book from a different point of view)

Not-So-Simple Setting (record all the details that makeup the setting)

Predictions (make predictions about what will happen next while reading)

Show Don’t Tell* (find sensory details the author used)

Book Bop (choose music related to events in a book)

Dictionary Doodles (create a picture dictionary for words in a book)

Favorite Part (Write about your favorite part in a book)

Book Baubles (design an ornament that shows off a book)

Talking Toy (recall common quotes from a character)

The Way I See It (write a letter from a character’s point of view)

Superb Superlatives (create awards for three book characters)

How Charming! (design a charm bracelet for a character)

Dear Darla (advice column for a book character)

Dear Diary (journal entry from a book character’s point of view)

Character Correspondence (write a letter from one character to another)

Chit Chat (write a letter to a character about an event from the book)

Post Cards (write a postcard from one character to another)

Character Trading Card (create a trading card for a book character)

Think, Feel, Say, Do (identify a character’s thoughts, feelings, quotes & actions)

Texting Time (write a text conversation between two characters)

Fakebook (design a fake social media profile for a character)

Wanted Poster (create a wanted poster for a character)

Plot Map (map out the plot of the book)

Character Senses* (describe what a character experiences using their senses)

Party Time (plan a party for a character)

Word Cloud (character traits: describe your character with adjectives)

At the Zoo (compare a character to an animal and explain)

Character Kudos (create an award for a character)

Character Comics (turn an event from a book into a comic)

Character Connections (compare and contrast characters’ traits)

Reader’s Q&A (nonfiction: write questions you have before reading, find answers)

Main Idea Manor (nonfiction: find the main idea & key details)

Event Relationships (nonfiction: how are events connected?)

Step-by-Step (nonfiction functional text: following directions)

Word Wizard (choose three vocabulary words and define them)

Text Features Scavenger Hunt (nonfiction: find text features)

Point of View (compare your point of view to the author’s)

Famous Figures Say (biography: imaginary journal entry)

Compare & Contrast Texts on the Same Topic

3-2-1 (nonfiction: 3 things learned, 2 facts, 1 question)

I Wonder? (nonfiction: write questions you have before reading, find answers)

Writer’s Reasons (opinion writing: author’s opinion & details)

Cycle (nonfiction: cycle labeling)

KWL (what student knows, wants to know, and learned from reading)

Planning for Research* (write three research questions & plan project)

Chapter Book: Prereading (before reading a novel)

Chapter Review (after each chapter of a novel)

Chapter Book: Post Reading (after reading a novel)

Common Core Cube: Traits (assemble, roll, and answer questions)

Common Core Cube: Plot (assemble, roll, and answer questions)

Common Core Cube: Theme (assemble, roll, and answer questions)

Common Core Cube: Literature (assemble, roll, and answer questions)

Common Core Cube: Nonfiction (assemble, roll, and answer questions)

Turn & Talk: Buzzing Poster (partner discussion strategy)


*These organizers can also be used to help student plan their writing!


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Creative Book Report Projects for Independent Reading | Graphic Organizers