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Book Report Makeover: State Your Case

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

Are they really reading or just going through the motions? You can find out!

Explain to students that they each must give a 150-second (2-minute) oral presentation in which they share information about a recently read book. Mention that each student's presentation must close with an opinion about, and recommendation for or against, the book spoken about. Then tell students that, at the end of each presentation, the presenter's classmates will have 150 seconds to question him or her about the book. Finally, explain that if -- in your opinion -- the presenter has proven in those five minutes that he or she read the book, that student is excused from filing a written book report.

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