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How to Make Book Report Writing Fun and Interesting Part 2

Make book report writing fun and interesting for your students.

The first part of How to Make Book Report Writing Fun and Interesting gave you ideas on how changing the format of the output can encourage and entice your students to enjoy book report writing. Spice up your book report writing requirements through the following ideas, this time dealing with a change in focus, from narrative to character.

Focus on Character

Another way to get your students more engaged with writing a book report is to slightly change the focus of the report. Usually, book reports ask more details on the narrative or storyline of a book or the lofty themes the book explores. But of course, while reading a book, one of the first things a reader does is assess a character. Your students will find a character to admire and relate to or a character to hate and loathe. And this will also affect how they assess events and views in the book. You will be able to gauge whether they connected to the characters and to the story. You will also have insight into the way they think.

  • One-sided account. You may feel that it is necessary to stay objective and look at a book through unbiased lens. However, even history is seen through various lenses and literature, even as a fictitious account, can be understood by looking at it through the characters' eyes. You can ask your students to tell the story of a book using a character of their choice as the narrator. Remind them that they should not tell the story as they already know it but as the character knows it. They should only include details that the character is aware of and cite thoughts that the character had in mind. If a character has a bias, perhaps against another character, then that should also be evident. For examples of this, you can check the story In the Grove by Akutagawa Ryunosuke or the book The Witch of Portobello by Paolo Coelho.
  • Character Profiles/ Autograph book. Instead of the usual report on the book, with an enumeration of characters, themes, events and moral lessons, you can ask for a report on a character. This is not your usual character description where students cite a slew of adjectives to describe a character. You can ask them to choose a character and make a complete profile or include three main characters in a report. Character details are not just listed down, such as a character's favorite things. You can provide a format similar to an autograph book, complete with details and information about the character, his/her views on love, life and work or studies, a motto or saying, and so on. You can also ask them to drop in a line or two of testimonials/descriptions by from other characters in the book.

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Good ideas to try different methods to get students interested. Voted for both.

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