Making and Taking Book Personality Quizzes

Have you ever taken a personality quiz on Facebook like “Which Star Wars Character Are You?” You answer a few fun questions and then find out that your personality is most like Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader in Star Wars. What a fun way to connect with the characters in a movie! As we finished our character unit of study, I thought this would be a great way for students to recommend their books to others while authentically applying the reading comprehension skills we’ve learned over the course of the unit.

My Personality Quiz Example (Which Home of the Brave Character Are You?):

My fifth grade team and I did a lot of work on learning about characters through their actions, dialogue, choices, and reactions. Personality quizzes are all about deciding how you would act, feel, or say in a certain situation. I made one on our first class read-aloud, Home of the Brave. This became one of their mentor texts. We also gave them a checklist that set the expectations of their personality quizzes.

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The students got to choose any “just right” fiction book they’d read this year. For struggling readers, their quizzes only consisted of two personalities. For example: Bad Kitty vs. Not Bad Kitty, Harry Potter vs. Draco Malfoy. For readers who wanted a challenge, they could create more personalities. More personalities simply means including more answer choices for each question and a few more questions.

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The students had a blast creating these and loved taking each other’s personality quizzes. Students were even posting quizzes at home and begging to work on it first thing in the morning. It gave students a great way to immediately connect with characters before reading the book and search for new books to read. The best part was students being able to take personality quizzes on books read by students in other classes.

Our fifth graders across the three classes posted our personality quizzes on Linoit as links so that everyone had access to them. Feel free to share with your students and have them take the quizzes! Please do not move or click the check mark for any of the sticky notes. Thanks!

Abingdon Fifth Grade Readers: Book Personality Quizzes

SIDE NOTE: We used a web app called Interact and everyone used the same class account. I would go ahead and make a quiz for each student beforehand and let them change the titles on their own. Otherwise, multiple quizzes created simultaneously could be assigned the same url which means one quiz will not show up. Also, I first tried posting the links on Padlet instead of Lino but the links strangely do not show up on Padlet.

How do your students share and talk about books? In what ways can we have our students show what they’ve learned about reading authentically?