from 75 WAYS TO SHARE A BOOK by Suzanne Barchers
Edited down for KBAR use.
1.Write about it to a friend. Not just about plot, but about themes and characters as well.
2.Make an annotated map of where it takes place.
3.Make a story map of its main events.
5.Explain why it would (or wouldn’t) make a great movie.
6.Explain its funniest (or most exciting) incident.
8.Pick five to 10 adjectives that describe it. Explain why they fit.
9.Describe an incident from it as though you were an on-the-scene TV reporter.
11. Make up a limerick or haiku about it.
13.Compare it to the movie or TV version. Which is better and why?
14.Make a time-line of its important events.
15.Create a new ending for it.
19.Use sketches or photographs to recreate one of its action sequences. Make sure you also include thought and talk balloons
20.The U.S. President has learned that you’ve read this book and wants to know one thing a main character discovered about life that you think all Americans should know. What would you tell him? Why?
21.Describe the main character in 100 words.
22.Choose a character you’d like (or not like) to have as a friend. Tell why.
23.Make believe you were one of the minor characters.How would you describe a main character?
25.Plan an appropriate meal for a main character. Explain why it's appropriate. 26.Do a cartoon strip based on a character. Make sure to use a lot of thought and talk balloons.
27.Write a few paragraphs in a diary as if you were a character.
28.Write a poem about a character.
31.Tell why one of the characters should have a different role.
32. Tell what your home would be like if it belonged to one of the main characters.
33. Write a biography of one of the characters.
34. Write an interview between a character and the author, or between two characters.
36. Pick a book you think each of the main characters would enjoy reading. Tell why.
37. Guess what would have happened if a character had made an important decision differently.
38. Make a list of facts you learned from it.
39. Persuade an audience to read (or not read) it.
40. Tell why you would (or wouldn’t) recommend it to your principal, a parent, or another student.
41. Tell what the book would say about itself if it could talk.
42. List its five most interesting or critical sentences. Tell why.
44. Compare it to another book the author has written. Describe common elements, style, theme, and so forth.
45. Write a song about it.
46. Demonstrate something you learned from it.
47. Prepare a list of its most unusual, difficult, or exciting words. Explain them.
48. Use its title and theme to write your own story.
49. Pretend to be the book and tell what you hold within you.
50. Compare it with a book of similar theme.
52. Become the author and tell why you wrote this book.
53. Plan the questions you’d use in a conference call interview with the author.
54. The author has written to you and wants to know how this book would have been improved. How would you answer?
55.Write a letter of appreciation to the author, asking questions and sharing thoughts.