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Book Report Makeover: Mini Reports

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

Mini book reports hold big ideas.

Provide each student with a sheet of drawing paper and have students fold the paper in half, and then in half again. When the paper is unfolded, they will have four boxes of equal size. Have students cut the paper in half along one of the folds, place one piece of paper inside the other, and staple the fold to create an eight-page book.

Have students complete the pages of their mini books as stated below:

  • Cover: Illustrate a new cover design for the book.
  • Inside Cover: Leave blank.
  • Page 1 (opposite the inside cover): Write the title, author, and other important information about the book.
  • Pages 2-3 (center spread): Draw a picture of a favorite part of the book and include a brief explanation of why it's a favorite part.
  • Page 4: List five vocabulary words that are important in the book and write their definitions.
  • Inside Back Cover: Leave blank.
  • Back Cover: Write a "teaser" to entice others to read the book.

Or, for a quicker activity, provide students with an Education World mini book report worksheet and ask each student to complete the worksheet with information about a book he or she has read recently.

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