Choose one or two – If you do two, you have to do the blog and then either a Letter About Literature or the Book Trailer.
Love That Dog Blog – 5 points
Write a blog about Love That Dog. Please include the following:
- Paragraph 1 – Give a summary of the book, but make sure you do not give away the ending
- Paragraph 2 – Write your response to the book using the A-Z Response Questions. Pick at least three and write at least two sentences for each.
- Paragraph 3 – Write a paragraph that explains what you learned about poetry by reading Love That Dog
Letters About Literature (LAL) – 10 points – and entry into the contest!
Books have wings. You can’t see them, but they are there just the same. On books’ wings, readers can soar to new places where they meet intriguing characters and experience exciting adventures. But a book’s wings can also help readers rise above difficult situations so that they see the world – or themselves – with new understanding. Has a book touched your life in a personal way? If so, you are invited to enter this year’s LAL competition. Have you ever felt the power and lift of literature?
Select a fiction or nonfiction book, a short story, poem, essay or speech (sorry, no song lyrics) you have read and about which you have strong feelings. Explore those feelings and why you reacted the way you did during or after reading the author’s work. Consider one or more of these questions when writing your letter:
- Did the characters, conflict or setting mirror your life in some way? If so, how? If not, why not?
- What strengths or flaws do you share with a character or characters in the book?
- What did the book show you about your world that you never noticed before?
- What surprised you about yourself while you were reading this book? Why was this work meaningful to you?
(Your letter need not answer all these questions, of course. These are just starting points to spark ideas.)
Write a personal, reflective letter (not a fan letter or a book report!) Express yourself! A letter is less formal than an essay or research paper. Write honestly and in your own voice, as if you were having a conversation with the author. Those are the best letters to read and the most fun to write! Keep in mind these two tips:
- Correspond, don’t compliment! Your letter should inform rather than flatter the author.
- Do not summarize the book’s plot! The author wrote the book and knows what happened. What the author doesn’t know is how the book affected you.
- Your letter should be between 300 and 600 words.
iMovie Book Trailer to be displayed at Family Literacy Night – 10 points
A book trailer gives the reader a preview of what the book will be about. Book trailers introduce the reader to the characters, setting, and conflict, as well as a few events. A book trailer MUST NOT give away the ending. Your book trailer should catch the reader’s attention and persuade them to read the book.
Your book trailer must include the following:
- Title and author
- Characters – their names and a description of them
- Setting(s) – include the location and time, and a complete description
- Conflict – describe the main conflict
- Rising Action – Include three points of tension
- Your personal response – Use the A-Z Response questions
- The trailer should be between one and three minutes long.
- Use pictures, transitions, and sound
- Persuade your audience to read the book!