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Book Report Makeover: Map It Out!

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 create a map highlighting places described in the story.

Have students draw and label a map of the setting of a recently read book based on information provided by the book's author. The map should show the immediate neighborhood or community in which the book takes place; if the author offers ample description of the home or another place as the central setting for the book, then the students' maps might detail that place. In most cases, a completed map will involve some conjecture on the part of the mapmaker! Encourage students to explain and justify their reasoning, either in writing or orally.

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