Alternate Book Report – American Born Chinese

(Posted by CK)

Since this was a graphic novel, I felt that the Alternate Book Report should involve a fair bit of writing.  However, it doesn’t have to be traditional boring-old-book-report style…

Talk Show Interview Book Report

Instructions to Students:

Create a script of a Talk Show interview with a character from American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. Then, with a partner, perform the Talk Show for the class.

You must:

  • Select one main character OR two minor characters to interview
  • Include the dialogue of you (the show’s host) and the character(s) written in the format provided
  • Work with a partner in presenting your Talk Show to the class. You will read the part of the host for your script; then, you will read the part of the character for your partner.

The transcript of your interview should contain:

  • The character’s description of 3 main events from the story
  • How the character you interview relates to other characters in the story
  • Specific evidence from the book in the form of quotations
  • An indication of the overall theme of the story

Assessment Rubric: (25 Points Total)

A. Plot (5 pts): 3 main events

B. Character relationships (5 pts)

C. Evidence (5 pts)

D. Theme (5 pts)

E. Form and Performance (5 pts)

Common Core Standards:

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Potential Difficulties:

Students may face difficulties with the form of a transcript/screenplay, so I will provide them with my example to act as a model. Throughout our reading, I will include the writing of scenes based on certain images from the text to build towards this project. Students may also have difficulty identifying a theme that is not confined to one word; a deeper understanding of theme will allow students to express theme as a short phrase or sentence demonstrating the depth of the author’s work.

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