Assignments for Any Novel or Short Story - Fiction Reading Response Book Report

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Short Story and Novel Assignments - Fiction Reading Response Book Report: Gone are the days of boring book reports and reading responses! This multi-faceted resource provides fun ready-to-use assignments that will work for any novel or short story that your students are reading. Each of the one-page assignments can be printed and handed to your students – it’s that easy!

What’s great about these activities is they can be used at any of the middle and high school grades, but have also been successfully used with upper elementary students as well (grade 5 +). There is an assignment for every student in your class in this packet – even students who struggle or are reluctant to write. This is an excellent tool to differentiate in your classroom!

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Included in the Short Story and Novel Assignments Bundle:

➡️ 50 Assignments for Any Novel or Short Story: This resource includes 50 pages of creative and current assignments that you students will actually enjoy doing! The assignments are designed to address a variety of story elements like plot, character, setting, conflict, author's purpose and more. They also require creativity and outside-the-box thinking. Some of the unique titles of the assignments include:
  • Dare to Compare: Comparing a character to someone in your life.
  • TxT Me L8R: Writing a text conversation between two characters at an important moment in the plot.
  • Hashtags: Writing social media updates (with hashtags) as a character.
  • Check My Internet History: Sharing a character's browsing history during the plot of the story.
  • Point of View Change Up: Retelling a part of the story from a different character's perspective.
  • The Setting Tour Guide: Taking on the role of the tour guide and writing a description of the setting of the reading.
  • Blockbuster Builder: Developing a plan to turn the reading into a movie by choosing actors to play the characters, a setting to shoot the film, and changes you would make to the plot.
These are just a few of the 50 exciting assignments that your students can choose from. Also included is a rubric that works for any of the assignments. The rubric is easy to use and makes marking a breeze.

➡️ Assignments Rubric: This resource also includes a general rubric that can be used with any of the reading assignments. This makes for quick and easy grading!

What Teachers Are Saying About The Short Story and Novel Assignments:

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is one of my favorite TPT purchases! Some of the assignments can be quick extensions for high fliers, some can turn into longer projects, and others can serve as graphic organizers to support kids in need of intervention. This is a great resource for differentiation and education in general. I love it!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This resource is incredibly useful to have on hand. It provides activities that allow students to practice multiple reading skills, such as setting identification, characterization, compare and contrast, and present this information in a manner alternative to a written response. I have found these activities incredibly useful to use for early finishers.

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