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Year 8 Reading Log Term 3


You are to read three books – try to read a variety of new books of different genre eg historical, adventure, science fiction etc .


Write a thumbnail sketch for each book (see below) and then do one of the following activities. You can only do one activity once and you need to do one written activity and one visual activity. Please number the activities correctly.

You will need to present your work in a clear file with a front page.


  1. Create an edible book (instructions below). Present it creatively.


  1. In The News: Create the front page of a newspaper (using Publisher) that tells about the book’s events and characters. The page may include an editorial, weather report, advertisements etc. It needs a title appropriate to the book. You must make it as realistic as possible.



  1. Mapping The Book: draw a map to highlight the places described in the book. You must base your map on information from the book although you may need to use your imagination to improve it. It must be presented as a map with north/south etc, grid lines, title, and key.


  1. Comic Book: Using the accordion folding technique create a comic book with cover. Your book must have a title page and 7 pages. Draw a comic book version of the book or part of it.



  1. Writing a letter to the author: write a letter to the author using the correct letter writing technique. You may wish to ask a question, query something, congratulate the author etc. Remember you have to show what you know about the book in the letter. (400 -500 words)


  1. Interview a character: Compose 6 – 8 questions to ask a main character. Write the character’s response to the questions. They should show your deep understanding of the book and characters.



  1. Characters come to life: Create a life-size portrait of one of the characters. You must include a written explanation of events/conflicts which involve the character. It must be A3 with a frame around it – you may paint the frame but is must look like a real painting.


  1. Advertise the book: write a review using the correct procedure for the library. Create a poster advertising the book onto which you stick your review. The poster must inform possible readers of the content of the book.



  1. Write an interview with the author: the author wants to explain the themes of the book in a magazine. Compose the questions and answers the author would give.


  1. Once upon a timeline: create a timeline showing the chain of the most important events in the book – it must be illustrated and contain details of each event so the reader can understand why they are important.




Book Title----------------------------------

          I.      Main Characters------------------------

      II.      Setting and Time Period------------------

 III.      The Plot: A Timeline --------------------

     IV.      The Themes ---------------------------

         V.      Best Parts of the Book-------------------

     VI.      Criticism of the Book---------------------




1.    1 cup of plot

Briefly tell what the story is about without giving away the ending.

2.    2 teaspoons of characters.

Who are the main characters, describe them briefly.

3.    2 tablespoons of excitement.

Select a short passage from the book that describes something exciting that happened. Try to find a passage that has a main character.

4.    Mix thoroughly and bake. When cool, frost with this special icing:

        cup of opinion. What did you like about the book? What did you not like about the book?

        1 teaspoon of recommendation: Who do you think would enjoy this book? Why?

5.    Finally sprinkle on the following information:

        Title of the book

        Name of the author

        Name of the publisher

        Number of pages

        Literary genre.



Year 8 Reading Log ( A personal reading unit) Marking Schedule

Not Achieved




Less than 3 responses

3 tasks completed and presented to a high standard.

Responses show understanding

All tasks completed and presented to a high standard.

Responses show depth of


All tasks completed and presented to a high standard.

Responses show perception and insight






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