Wanted Poster Book Report Projects: Your students will WANT to be creative and use their imaginations to complete this fun reading response activity.
Many teachers have used the idea of a wanted poster for a book report project for their students. Students enjoy trying to think up a crime or something that the main character did that would make him or her wanted by the police.
The wanted poster book reports that I have seen during my 22+ years of teaching are usually boring activities and short one page worksheets for students to write on. I have found that many of these one page versions of wanted posters did not have much space for a written response, and usually the largest area on the worksheet was for an illustration.
Instead of a traditional and boring one page worksheet, I have designed an extra large four template wanted poster book report project. Three of the templates contain fun creative writing responses and students draw a picture of the main character on the fourth template.
If you have used this activity before with your students, I am sure that you will find that your students will have fun and enjoy completing these larger and more detailed graphic organizers even more!
Your students will have fun using their imaginations to think up a crime that their characters have committed. For this assignment, students write about:
This uniquely shaped book report project contains four worksheet templates that assemble into a large wanted poster. There is a fifth template that has the headings "WANTED" and "REWARD AMOUNT" in text boxes, and these two headings are glued onto the poster after it has been assembled.
The finished wanted poster project measures 12 inches in width and 18 inches in height (see example on the right).
Everything that you need to complete these wanted book report projects is included in this set of teaching resources. All that you will need is scissors, glue, tape, and coloring pencils.
There are 15 printable worksheets and template pages in this set, as well as a 5 page color bulletin board display banner.
These finished wanted poster book report projects will make a colorful and dynamic bulletin board display of your students' work.
In addition, this set of reading resources includes 4 reading posters with a wanted theme that can be used as accent pieces for your classroom bulletin board display.
Traditionally, requiring students to write about the main character of a book is a task that most students find quite boring. By using these extra large wanted posters, your students will WANT to complete these fun book report projects!
Watch this short video to learn more about this fun book report project:
This set of teaching resources includes assembling directions on how to prepare and assemble this wanted poster book report project.
Below is an example of the assembling directions worksheet.
A book report grading rubric is included in this set of teaching resources.
I believe that it is important for students to evaluate their own work, so my book report rubric contains an assessment section for both students and teachers.
When students evaluate their book report projects, they color in the faces on their grading rubric worksheets. When a teacher evaluates the projects, the teacher circles the small numbers inside each box on the printable worksheets.
Below is an example of my wanted poster book report grading rubric.
I believe that the writing process is important and that teachers should use process writing whenever possible.
For this reason, my students never begin their book report projects by writing on their final draft wanted poster templates, instead they write on first draft worksheets.
Next, my students edit and revise their written work on their own, with a partner, or in individual writing conferences with me.
This wanted poster book report project is divided into the following creative writing sections:
This set of teaching resources contains three printable worksheets for students to write their first drafts on.
On my first draft worksheets, I have designed the writing line spaces to match the spaces allotted on the final draft wanted poster book report templates.
First Draft Worksheet #1: Students fill in the following information about their books: title, author, genre, character's name, and reward amount.
Next, students write a physical description of the character that includes the character's height, weight, eye color, hair color, and distinguishing features.
First Draft Worksheet #2: Students write why the main character is wanted by the police, the action that happened, and what caused the character to commit this crime.
First Draft Worksheet #3: Students write where the character was last seen and a summary of the story.
This set of teaching resources includes 5 worksheet templates that are glued together to form a wanted poster.
The finished wanted poster book report project measures 18 inches in height and 12 inches in width.
Below are the top left and right templates. On the top left template, students write a physical description for the main character and where the character was last seen.
On the top right template, students draw a picture of their character.
Below are the bottom left and right templates.
On the bottom left template, students write the title, author, genre, and a summary of the book.
On the bottom right template, students write a narrative about the crime that the character committed.
Below are the heading templates. Students write their character's name in the WANTED text box and the amount of reward money in the REWARD AMOUNT text box.
The WANTED text box is glued on the top center section of the poster and the REWARD AMOUNT text box is glued in the middle of the poster.
Below is a large example so that you can see where these two headings are glued.
When I am first introducing my students to a new book report project, I believe that it is important for them to have a visual example of what a completed project looks like.
I always complete an example of this wanted poster book report project before I introduce this assignment to my students.
Before my students begin writing their first drafts, I show them my finished wanted poster project. This visual example immediately grabs my students' attention and they are excited to start working on this project from the very beginning. I have found that my students are engaged and use their best effort as they go through the steps of the writing process and complete this fun book report project.
My students also enjoy hearing about the book that I chose to do my book report project on. This is also a wonderful opportunity to share a book that I would like to encourage my students to read.
To save you time in coloring your example that you show to your students, I have included color wanted poster templates in this teaching resources set. I display my finished wanted poster book report at the front of my classroom so that students can refer to it as they are completing their own wanted poster projects.
Below: Wanted Poster Color Templates
4 printable worksheets that are cut out and then glued together to form the shape of a wanted poster.
I know that it takes teachers a lot of time to design and assemble their classroom bulletin board displays.
Many teachers spend their valuable time cutting out large display letters or making a banner at home on their own computers.
In order to help save you time in assembling a bulletin board display featuring your students' wanted poster book report projects, I have designed a 5 page banner that is included for free in this set of teaching resources.
If you have access to a laminating machine, I recommend that you laminate your banner so that it will be more durable and you can use it again in the future.
EXTRA GOODIES: I have created some wanted poster themed accent pieces to assist you in decorating your bulletin board display featuring your students' finished wanted poster book report projects.
This set of teaching resources includes 4 (one page) Wanted Posters that contain the following reading slogans on them:
I hope that these EXTRA GOODIES that are included in this set of teaching resources help save you time in decorating your wanted poster bulletin board display.
You will be able to design a colorful and dynamic classroom bulletin board display using your students' finished wanted poster book report projects.
These wanted poster graphic organizers are a unique and fun way to get your students excited about completing a writing assignment about the books that they have read.
The writing responses that are required of your students will make them think and write about the main characters of their books in a challenging and engaging way. In addition, this book report set includes wanted poster accent pieces to help you in decorating your bulletin board display.
I hope that your students will WANT to complete this fun book report project that is larger and contains longer writing responses for students than other wanted posters that you have used in the past.