7 Book Report Ideas For 7th Grade That Teachers and Students Love

Here you will find some really good book report ideas for 7th graders that are a hit with teachers and students. 

Not only are these creative book report ideas for middle school kids fun, but they also stretch the imagination, promote critical thinking, and encourage seventh graders to show what they know in a creative way. 

Whether you seek ways how to make a book report fun or want ideas about types of book reports for students, this collection of book report ideas for 7th grade will serve you well. 

These 7th-grade book report ideas can be used for any subject and for all learning abilities. 

What’s more, even your reluctant students will be engaged with these projects!

Book Report Ideas For 7th Graders

Write a Letter to the Author.

Students will write a letter to one of their favorite authors or write a letter to the author of a book that they are currently reading. 

They may want to include in the letter…

  • at least three things that like about the author’s book,
  • questions about any of the characters or about the book in general,
  • clarification about any confusing parts,
  • inquiries about the author’s life/what made him or her become an author,
  • any other relevant information of interest to the student.

You may want to provide a rubric of some sort so that students know exactly what to include in their letters. 

Arrange a Google Slides Presentation.

If you’re looking for digital book report ideas, this one is a good fit. Plus it uses an online platform with which most students are familiar. 

For this project, students will create a Google Slides or PowerPoint presentation about their book. 

Presentation ideas include…

  • a summary of the book,
  • recurring themes in the book,
  • a comparison of the book to another book from the same author,
  • a book report review,
  • use of figurative language in the book,
  • anything else that requires students to think critically about the book.

Make a Character To-Do List.

This is arguably one of the most interesting book report ideas for 7th grade because this activity prompts students to think from an alternative viewpoint.

For this book report, students will analyze the “many sides” of each of the characters in their books. 

Considering the character’s personality, gender, age, condition, preferences, etc., students will write a to-list for him/her. 

This will require inferring skills plus creativity on the student’s part.

For example, in the book Wonder (R.J Palacio), what would be on the main character’s daily to-do list? And why?

For each character, instruct students to list at least 10 actionable items along with an explanation.

Create an Ad.

Present the idea to your seventh graders that they will be in charge of turning their book into an advertisement. 

They must think, “What can I do to make people want to read this book?”

That’s the main idea behind this book project. 

Students will create an advertisement that teases the main idea of their book without giving away any juicy details. 

The goal is to entice the reader of the ad to actually read the book. 

Before assigning this project, you may want to first design an ad as a whole class so that students see the process and gain an overview of what it looks like to make an advertisement. 

You could also show them real-life examples of ads using Google images. 

This is a really fun book report idea that stretches 7th graders’ creativity.

Design a Movie Poster.

For this project, students will pretend that their book is about to become a major movie, and they have been selected to design the promotional poster.

Their posters must be appealing to the eye and persuasive.

Following are some poster guidelines that you may want to require of students…

  • The poster must include the title, author, list of the main characters, and the actors who will play them.
  • The poster should have lots of persuasive words and phrases that will motivate middle schoolers to go see the film. 
  • The poster must include a summary of the book without giving away the ending.
  • The poster should have an image or images that tease the main idea of the movie. 

Conduct Research.

One of the easiest (but very effective) book report ideas for 7th graders is to have them conduct research on a topic related to their books. 

This idea works best for nonfiction texts. 

Here’s what students will do…

They will select a topic from their books that they would like to explore more. 

For example, if they are reading a book on recycling, maybe somewhere in the book it mentions global warming.

So the student may choose to conduct research on global warming and present that information in book report form.

Alternatively, students may want to conduct research on an author, a setting presented in a book, an animal, a historical era, etc. 

Nonfiction books are filled with so many interesting ideas, so the possibilities are numerous as to what students may research. 

Provide a research template for students to record their information.

Write a Radio Commerical.

Students will promote their books by drafting a 15 to 60-second radio commercial.

It is very helpful (maybe even necessary) to do this activity as a whole class assignment first so that students observe the proper way to create a radio commercial. 

A few guidelines to consider…

  • Direct the message to a specific audience when writing the radio commercial. This could be middle school students or seventh graders. 
  • Speak using an appropriate volume and tone. 
  • Make the commercial interesting by adding a jingle. 
  • End with a request. What do you want the audience to do as a result of hearing the commercial? This is called a call to action. 

This is one of the more challenging book report ideas for 7th graders, but it’s well worth it if students are up to the task. 

See this radio commercial activity to kickstart this book report project. 

Final Thoughts On Book Report Ideas For 7th Grade

Now you have a resource of good book report ideas for 7th graders that you can use to engage students in improving their literacy and academic skills.

What a fun and creative way to assess their understanding of a topic or subject.