Mind Mirror: Alternative Book Report (SDR)



Alternate Book Report: MIND MIRRORS PROJECT

Spring 2014                                                                                                                    Grades: 6-12

OVERVIEW: Imagine demonstrating your knowledge of a book or character to your teacher in a form a little different than the typical book report.

TASK: With a partner choose one of the characters from our book you feel you know very well. Draw a picture of the outline of a head and shoulders. Draw the character’s face by decorating it with the following content:

  1. Two quotes from the character (include pg #s)
  2. Two original statements from you describing the character.
  3. Two images from the book.
  4. Two symbols you feel represent the character.

*Some ways to include these into the drawing is by substituting the eyes for the symbols, ears for the images, etc.   Feel free to decorate and represent the character in your own way.

**You may draw some images or print them from the internet. Use the markers and poster paper provided.


Materials Needed: White Poster Paper, Markers, pencils for tracing and writing the words.


 Samples below:

Untitled9This is a typical Mind Mirrors project with students using the upper body to include the content. Usually the eyes would be substituted for symbols or the mustache for a quote, etc.

 1UntitledThis is a full body character variation of the project.

2UntitledThis is also a full body version. The quality depends on the art skills of the students and time dedicated to the projects.

Common Core Standards:

Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.

Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.

One thought on “Mind Mirror: Alternative Book Report (SDR)

  1. This is amazing! I love the way the drawings look like a collage, but with the author’s own words and attributes. This not only teaches students the skill of collaging with a purpose, but also provides a metaphor that we are all ourselves like collages of all the decisions we make, tastes we have, experiences we’ve collected, etc. I have been talking to my teachers in the English department a lot about providing alternatives to essays and traditional book reports. While I think it is important to practice analytical, formal writing, these kinds of assessments pull together the arts, provide a hidden curriculum and prepare students for the kind of thinking and organization required for an essay. I am going to try this with one of my students who has dyslexia and processing disorders. Do you find it works well with a wide range of learners?

    Thanks for sharing, and great work! -Caitlyn Pezza

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