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Book Report Makeover: Map It Out, Box It Up!


Each week, Education World offers a new idea to help you "make over" boring book report formats. If you're looking for a way to spice up book reports -- and truly engage students in reading -- you've come to the right place. Check out this week's makeover idea

Students use a story-mapping template to create a story box.

Have students complete a Story Map Worksheet about a book they have read. Then tell students they will use the information in the worksheet to create a story box.

Provide each student with a story box template. (See http://www.msssbible.com/crafts/storybox/cube.htm.) Each square in the template should be 3 inches across. Explain to students that they must fill in the squares using the following information from their story map work sheets:

  • Box 1: Title and author
  • Box 2: Characters
  • Box 3: Setting
  • Box 4: Problem
  • Box 5: Major events dealing with problem
  • Box 6: Conclusion

When the story boxes are completed, encourage students to share them with their class mates.

Source: Story Maps and Boxes.

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