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Book Report Makeover


Are students bored with book reports? This archive offers 36 book report ideas that are sure to keep students interested and engaged. Have you ever tried video book reports, edible book reports, paperless book reports? You'll find those ideas and many more in this Ed World archive.

Keep it Covered!
Students create book jacket book reports.

Time for a Test
Students create a quiz to check their own "book learning."

A Video Book Report
Students create commercials for books they've read.

Story Maps and Boxes
Students use a story-mapping template to create a story box.

Big Books for Little Kids
Students retell a story in simple words and pictures.

Thumbnail Outline
Students use an outline format to practice picking out important details of a book.

Acrostic Poem
Students demonstrate their understanding of a book by writing an acrostic poem.

Mapping a Book
Students create a map highlighting places described in the story.

What's Your Sign?
Students match book characters with astrological signs.

Book Report Recipe
Students write a "recipe" for a good book.

Before and After
Can you judge a book by its cover?

Now You're Cooking!
Students appeal to their classmates' stomachs by making an edible book report.

Book Report Scavenger Hunt
This book report format focuses on grammar.

Paperless Book Reports
Kids make powerful points with technology.

Mini Book Reports
Mini book reports hold big ideas.

And the Winner is
Students create a medal and award it to the "Best Book of the Year."

Dear Diary,
Who is that character?

Resume Writing
What would Batman be if he couldn't be a super hero?

Comics in Class
Students turn books into comic books.

Just Say the Word
Students use a glossary they have written to create their own word search.

Site Search
Students explore setting on the Internet.

Picture Books
Tell it with picture books!

Book in A
They won't be able to contain their enthusiasm for this book report project.

Sell It!
Invite students to be book publicists.

Character Trait Venn Diagram
A Venn diagram encourages students to make connections.

Describe It!
Use this book report activity to supplement a lesson in descriptive prose writing.

In the News
Students must consider setting, character, plot, and more in this book "reporting" activity.

Grocery Bag Literacy
Bag customers' groceries in students' book reports.

Thumbs Up or Down?
Turn your classroom critics into savvy reviewers with this book report activity.

Prove It!
Find out if they're really reading or just going through the motions!

Life-Size
Students create life-size "portraits" of characters in books they've read.

Once Upon a Timeline
Students create a timeline of important events in a book.

Concentration
Students create a Concentration-style game related to a book just read.

Script It!
Readers become screenwriters in this novel activity.

Ten Fast Facts
Are your students reading for meaning?

Character Interview
Introduce students to the complexities of characterization and motivation.

Dear Author,
Encourage students to respond to what they have read.

Book Report Bingo
Students play Book Report BINGO.

Create a Card Catalog
Students create a card catalog for books they read throughout the year.

Book Report Sandwich
Whet students' appetite for reading with the ingredients for a well-balanced book report.  

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