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Book Report Makeover: Letter to the Author

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

Encourage students to respond to what they have read.

After reading a book, invite each student to share his or her reactions to the book in a letter to the book's author. If students write to authors who are still alive, mail the letters! Or you might submit students letters to the Library of Congress's Letters About Literature program.

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