Summer Reading Projects You can select any of the projects from the following list. You will be expected to have your project completed when you arrive at school in the fall. They will be counted as a grade in our English class; these projects take the place of the Summer Reading essay.

1) Write a book talk for your book
A book talk is like a brief commercial designed to entice other people to read the book. You should highlight the setting, the characters, and/or the major conflict, but not give away the ending. If you want to see examples of book talks other students have written, check out this website: http://nancykeane.com/booktalks/student.htm Your book talk should be two to three minutes long when spoken aloud.

Components of an excellent Book Talk:
· Clearly identifies the title and author of the book
· Clearly identifies the main character(s) and/or setting of the book
· Cleary identifies the major conflict/themes of the book
· Tells the listener why they would want to read this book
· Does not tell the entire plot or explain how the conflict is resolved.

2) Create a Book trailer for your book
A book trailer is to a book what a movie trailer is to a movie. Like a book talk, it is designed to entice others to read the book; however instead of relying on words, a book trailer mostly uses images and just a few words. You can create a book trailer using either live video or still images. If you would like to see examples of book trailers other students have created, check out this website: http://digitalbooktalk.com/?page_id=55 There are also many examples of book trailers available at YouTube. Your book trailer should be one to two minutes long.

Components of an excellent Book Trailer:
· Clearly identifies the title and author of the book
· Accurately reflects the setting, characters, plot, theme, and mood of the book
· Is visually appealing, using a variety of still images or filmed action
· Entices the viewer to read the book
· Does not tell the entire plot or explain how the conflict is resolved.


3) Create a Poster that promotes your book
Your poster should be a promotion for the book, highlighting settings, characters, themes, and conflicts. Include meaningful quotes from the book, or write your own text highlighting important ideas in the book. You can draw your own images, create a collage using images from magazines, or use a combination of original and borrowed images. Your poster should be 8 ½” x14” or larger. You can also use Glogster in order to create an online poster.

Components of an excellent book poster:
· Clearly identifies the title and author of the book
· Includes a variety of borrowed and/or original images
· Includes quotes from the book and/or original text relevant to the book and its themes
· Accurately reflects the setting, characters, plot, theme, and mood of the book
· Is visually appealing, creating interest in the book

4) Design a new book jacket for your book
Create a new book jacket for your book. It should include a new cover image, including the title and author’s name, plus a “blurb” for the. This can be either a brief summary, or a review of the book. The new cover image can be an original drawing or design, or created from borrowed images, and should reflect the contents of the book. Your final book jacket should be presented as an actual book jacket that could fit around a book.

Components of an excellent book jacket:
· Clearly identifies the title and author of the book
· Includes a cover image that reflects the contents of the book
· Includes a blurb which summarizes or reviews the book
· Accurately reflects the setting, characters, plot, theme, and mood of the book
· Is visually appealing, creating interest in the book

5) Create an original artwork
Feeling inspired by your book and its themes? Create a painting, drawing, or sculpture that represents your book. The medium is entirely up to you. The final creation should reflect a character, the setting, a conflict, or a theme of the book.

Components of an excellent art project:
· Clearly identifies the title and author of the book (as part of the label for the project)
· Accurately reflects the setting, characters, plot, theme, or mood of the book
· Is visually appealing, creating interest in the book
· Includes a descriptive label indicating the scene, character and/or quote that inspired the artwork