Novel Study Assignments: Grade 7 ELA
Choose to complete any TWO of the
following assignments on the novel you are reading. Assignments are due monthly
and will be accepted any day during the month up until the last school day of
the month. Each student will be responsible for sharing one of their assignments
with a partner and the other with the class as a whole. Once you have completed
one of these assignments, check it off as you are not permitted to repeat the
same assignment. I will be adding assignments to this list at the first of
Here are some hints for you when you are
completing these assignments...
- have a peer or parent check over your
assignments for spelling/grammar
- if you use a picture you found on the
internet, please indicate where it came from...you can not take information off
and pass it off as your own, a picture is no different.
- read the details of an assignment
before handing it in so that you are sure that you have everything that you need
- Choose one of the main characters
in the story. Create your character’s diary in at least six entries (75-100
words each). Be sure to spread your entries throughout the entire novel.
Include the thoughts and feelings that your character is experiencing as
well as a few predictions as to what may happen in the future. Be sure to
mention events that are happening to the character and write in the same
style the character speaks.
- Play “Dear Abby”. Compose letters
(~150 words each) from at least 3 characters stating the different dilemmas
they face with specific events and dialogue from the book. Reply to each
letter with an advice-filled response.
- Draw a detailed colored map of the
setting of the novel. On a ½ piece of bristolboard, indicate on the map all
of the important landmarks and where the more important events take place.
- Make and illustrate a timeline of
the ten most important events that happen in your novel on a ½ piece of
- Design the book jacket for your
novel for promotional purposes. On a ½ piece of bristol board, create both
the front and back covers and include all of the pertinent information
(title, author, brief summary, praise from other authors, picture of author,
- Write a song (words/music) about an
aspect of the novel (the theme, a character’s struggle, the setting, plot,
etc). Record the song on a CD for the class to hear and appreciate.
Include a copy of the lyrics with your recording and be prepared to share
with the class some background on your novel before the recording is played.
- Suggest an alternative title for
your novel. Defend your choice by giving evidence and insight from the
story. (300 words)
- Design a movie poster for the book
you read on a full piece of bristol board. Cast the main characters with
actors and actresses. Include a scene of dialogue from the book in the
layout of your poster. Remember, you are trying to convince people to see
the movie, so your poster should be persuasive!
- Write a copy for a newspaper front
page that is devoted solely to the book you read. The front page should
look similar to a real front page of a newspaper. The articles and pictures
on the front page would be based on the characters and events of the book.
- Make a “WANTED” poster for a
character in the book you read. Include the following: a drawing or picture
of the character, physical description, the characters misdeeds, other
information that you think is important, and the reward offered for the
capture of the character.
- Make a double page spread (2 pages
side by side) in a scrapbook of the characters life and events you have
learned about in the novel. (You do not have to use an actual scrapbook for
this, you can use bristol board)
- Make a PowerPoint presentation,
with each slide representing the highlights of a chapter (if you have 11
chapters in your novel, you have 11 slides plus a title slide).
- Create a list of interview
questions that you could ask the main character of the novel. Conduct an
interview with you as the main character, answering the questions as the
main character would have in the novel. Be sure to record this as either
audio or video.
- Other! Be creative! Please
discuss with me and send an e-mail so I have it for my records before you attempt this one!
NEW ADDITIONS FOR SECOND TERM!!!
15. Book in a Box/Bag. Decorate a box/bag to show
the major details, elements, scenes, or themes of your novel. Inside the
box/bag, place the following items:
- write 5 trivia questions about your novel...include the
- write down 5 vocabulary words that you learned from
reading your novel...include definitions for these words
- include 5 items that directly relate to your novel...on
a piece of paper explain how each item relates to your novel (where was it
found, what did the character do with it, etc)
- include a 250 word write-up about why you decorated the
outside of your bag/box the way you did...what does each thing mean?
16. Write a 300 word letter to the author of your book.
Explain in the letter what parts you liked and didn't like, suggestions of
things the author could have changed, things you needed more detail on,
questions you have, etc.