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Paper Bag Book Report and Rubric: Language Arts Grades 6-9

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Paper Bag Book Report and Rubric: Language Arts Grades 6-9
Paper Bag Book Report and Rubric: Language Arts Grades 6-9
Paper Bag Book Report and Rubric: Language Arts Grades 6-9
Paper Bag Book Report and Rubric: Language Arts Grades 6-9
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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
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This is an awesome alternative to the standard book report and students really enjoy this form of assessment.

It is adaptable and easy to assess. I have included a 4 point rubric for both the paper bag book report itself and the oral presentation (you may or may not want to do this as a part of the assessment).

The focus of this report is on the plot, characters, theme and setting. Conventions and comprehension are addressed, as are speaking and listening outcomes. The rubrics are multi-purpose in that they could be used with other book reports/projects- they're not just a one time deal.

Teacher-Author: Krystal Mills

paper bag book report, oral presentation, language arts projects
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On  April 6, 2014Lisa Stanley (TpT Seller) said:
Thank you for a great idea.
On  April 16, 2014Krystal Mills answered:
You're welcome!
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On  September 29, 2013,  Jan S. said:
Krystal - I love your products! But I wish your 1st pages weren't black. I'd like to copy the entire contents of your product (especially so I'd know where it came from), but using that much ink is not practical. Thanks for your consideration.
Jan
On  October 21, 2013Krystal Mills answered:
They're actually purple - kind of my signature color. I've taken your advice though, and changed that info page to a white background for my new items.
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On  August 1, 2013Bekstah15 (TpT Seller) said:
Thanks for the rubrics. This is such a creative idea for a book report! I can't wait to use it in my class.
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On  June 19, 2013,  Buyer said:
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On  February 11, 2013Wise Owl Factory (TpT Seller) said:
Excellent and professional. Thank you for including rubrics.
On  February 11, 2013Krystal Mills answered:
Thanks Carolyn! This was the first product that I created!
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On  January 6, 2013,  Buyer said:
This is great, I just modified for a non-fiction unit and it was so easy to do! Thanks for setting up a great assignment.
On  January 6, 2013Krystal Mills answered:
Super! Glad it was useful for you:)
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On  September 24, 2012Traveling Teacher Adventures (TpT Seller) said:
I love this! A great, creative and well thought out project. I teach 8th & 9th grade and can easily adjust this for either grades. I also love the fact that it comes with rubrics...which makes this idiot proof!! Thanks so much!
On  September 24, 2012Krystal Mills answered:
Thanks so much!
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On  September 23, 2012Carol Sanders (TpT Seller) said:
Neat idea!
I would recommend that you give the students a word range for each part of the writing--say, 100-150 words, so that they know how much to write. Also add instructions about typing--fonts, sizes, spacing, etc.
Not sure about the list of minor characters--that could be a loooong list! Maybe tell kids to list "up to ten" lesser characters.
On  September 24, 2012Krystal Mills answered:
Thanks Carol. I didn't add the specifics about fonts etc. because I feel each individual teacher will have their own expectations for these types of details. Also - some may ask for it to be typed and others allow it to be hand written. Teachers may also want to ask different amount from different students (modified, adapted, regular programs) and so the I left the download in Word so that teachers can easily adapt those minor details to suit them. I may change the bit about minor characters. When students are all being assessed based on the same novel (that we've discussed in class) this is not as big of a deal. However, like you said - it could be a longer list if they're working on different novels. Thanks for your comments.
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On  September 23, 2012Nicole Shelby (TpT Seller) said:
This is a WONDERFUL addition to my reading classroom! Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous freebie! :)

~Nicole
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On  September 23, 2012,  Denise T. said:
Creative idea! I love the fact that students must describe how the character has changed and not just the physical features, etc. I also appreciated the rubrics. Thanks!
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On  September 23, 2012Mandy Gregory (TpT Seller) said:
What a creative way for students to show what they have learned!
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On  September 23, 2012Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas (TpT Seller) said:
Just want I needed to differentiate for my gifted 3rd graders, my parents are always begging me for different lessons, thanks for the freebie!
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On  September 23, 2012Addie Williams (TpT Seller) said:
A fabulous alternative to a standard book report! Love the rubrics you've included!
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On  September 23, 2012Lynnetta Witherspoon (TpT Seller) said:
Wonderful, Thanks.
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On  September 23, 2012,  Buyer said:
I have been looking for a project for my reading class and this is perfect! Thank you!
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On  September 23, 2012SunnyDays  (TpT Seller) said:
I love this activity! It allows for multiple learning styles and is a great way to see if a student really "got" the book. Thanks!
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On  September 23, 2012Ms Mason (TpT Seller) said:
What a wonderful idea. I have seen some versions of this on the elementary level, but I thought that it wouldn't work for my 7th graders. You have changed my mind! I especially love the rubrics - it gives the student a clear understanding of the assignment (and can be modified for other assignments for uniformity of expectations). One common core element that I find especially useful is the oral presentation. The small group aspect will help with time management. Thanks!
On  September 23, 2012Krystal Mills answered:
Thanks so much!
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On  September 23, 2012,  Buyer said:
Love the section about setting--you illustrated it better than I ever have. Thanks for sharing.
On  September 23, 2012Krystal Mills answered:
Thank you!
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Great file and a wonderful time saver A+
On  September 9, 2012Krystal Mills answered:
Thank you!!!
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On  June 10, 2012,  Buyer said:
I love your ideas! You have made me feel more calm about how to attack my first year of teaching. Maybe one day I can create something that inspires others. Thanks again!
On  June 10, 2012Krystal Mills answered:
Awww...the first year! It'll be awesome! Thanks so much for your kind comments. The fact that you're on TPT and trying to get things set for next year make it pretty clear that you're already an inspiring individual. Good luck!!
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On  April 29, 2012,  Buyer said:
I am using this with my fourth graders. I'm excited to see what they come up with! Thanks for the fun project!
On  April 29, 2012Krystal Mills answered:
Let me know how it goes!
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On  April 29, 2012,  Lori K. said:
What a great idea! I am planning on using this as a mini-project at the conclusion of our science fiction novel. It will be interesting to see the variety of "brown bag reports" I get from my 80 students!
On  April 29, 2012Krystal Mills answered:
Thanks so much! Oohhh that's a lot of paper bags! Good luck!
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On  March 25, 2012,  Buyer said:
I've done a project similar to this before - you just gave me a few other ideas to include.
Thanks!
On  April 5, 2012Krystal Mills answered:
That's what it's all about!
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On  March 1, 2012Kelly Martin (TpT Seller) said:
AWESOME! I did bag book reports before, too, and loved them. Thanks for this great resource :)
On  March 2, 2012Krystal Mills answered:
You're welcome:)
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On  January 1, 2012Amber Thomas (TpT Seller) said:
This is very clever, and I think it could be adapted even as low as 4th grade (maybe just fewer objects inside). Thanks for the rubrics to go with the activity!
On  January 2, 2012Krystal Mills answered:
It is quite adaptable and could be changed easily to whatever the teacher is focusing whether that be elements of a story, similes/metaphor/alliteration etc. antagonist/protagonist etc... I'm glad that you've found it useful! Thanks for the comments:)
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On  November 14, 2011,  Buyer said:
Thanks for sharing. Also, thanks for making your product a freebie--WITH a rubric!
On  November 27, 2011Krystal Mills answered:
My pleasure!
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Great idea. Love it!
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On  November 8, 2011Connie (TpT Seller) said:
This is an innovative and unique idea to change up book reports. Thanks.
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On  November 5, 2011Sue Summers (TpT Seller) said:
What a great idea! Students love the opportunity to do something creative and out of the ordinary. Sue Summers
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On  November 3, 2011LiteracySolutionLinks (TpT Seller) said:
A neat idea that I am sure will serve as an excellent resource for engaging students in understanding story elements. I invite you to rate my freebie and follow me at the link below.

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Oooh! I love this idea!
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On  October 27, 2011Ann Marie Smith (TpT Seller) said:
Perfect! I assigned projects for independent novels every 9 nine weeks quarter!! Super product!
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On  October 11, 2011,  Buyer said:
Thanks for sharing such a great lesson.
On  October 13, 2011Krystal Mills answered:
No problem!
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On  October 11, 2011mandy kennedy (TpT Seller) said:
I plan on using with my next assigned class book reading. Thanks!
On  October 13, 2011Krystal Mills answered:
Yay! You're welcome!
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On  October 1, 2011,  Buyer said:
Fantastic resource Krystal. I can definately see it being successful with the lower grades also. Thank you
On  October 13, 2011Krystal Mills answered:
You're welcome!
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thumbs up! very creative.
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Thanks for including a rubric!
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Very engaging and innovative approach!
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Thanks for a fun idea! Love the rubric.
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On  August 14, 2011LaProfesoraFrida (TpT Seller) said:
Clear guidelines and I love that the rubric is included-- I struggle to come up with my own rubric's for project assessment!
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Love that the rubric is included!
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On  August 13, 2011Lisa Tarman (TpT Seller) said:
Great Idea. Ready to use --- rubric and all!
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On  August 13, 2011Mark Aaron (TpT Seller) said:
Exactly what I needed to get my students working at the start of the year. Thanks for the excellent product!
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On  August 9, 2011Creative Classroom Core (TpT Seller) said:
I love this idea! I plan to use it with my grade 7`s this year!
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On  August 8, 2011Scipi (TpT Seller) said:
Something different! YEAH! Thanks for including a rubric for grading.
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On  August 8, 2011Mark Welch (TpT Seller) said:
This is the most complete, straight-forward "paper bag book report" lesson plan that I've seen, complete with clear student instructions (with excellent illustrations) and rubrics for both the "print" project and an oral presentation.
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On  August 8, 2011Karen Stamp (TpT Seller) said:
What a fun way to expand on a book! The rubrics are great as well. Karen :o)
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On  August 7, 2011tchrBrowne (TpT Seller) said:
I am always looking for new ways for my students to do book reports and this will come in handy. Thanks for your great product!
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On  August 7, 2011Christi Squires (TpT Seller) said:
What a fun way to give a book report! I'm sure the students will enjoy the different way of doing a book report.
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On  August 6, 2011Ashleigh (TpT Seller) said:
Thank you for sharing this great product. I'm sure students will love it!
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On  September 23, 2012,  Buyer asked:
Krystal, Thank you for your thoughtful response and clarifications. It's clear that you are flexible with your assignments and would offer this as one of several options for sharing a book. I think it would be helpful to be clear about the flexibility in the instructions. I would give some examples of alternative ways to illustrate the setting for those who prefer not to draw. My school is high poverty, so students have to be able to use a computer and printer at school. In addition, rather than requiring 10 items in the bag (which is arbitrary), why not ask for "several" items that symbolize or represent an aspect of the story. Some children can easily think of more than 10, while others might do well to come up with one, particularly those who are more analytical. Most importantly, allow some students to pass on this activity and share their book in a way that is meaningful for them and in keeping with their particular learning styles and intelligences. So as long as this is offered as one path to sharing the book, I think it's a cute activity. And for those who want to do the Book in a Bag report, allow them flexibility w/in the structure. For example, in some books it might be a tall order to name ALL the characters discussed (and, unless the teacher has read the book this is impossible to asses). Asking for exactly 10 items is arbitrary. Don't box them into 10. (I didn't find anything in the rubric that scores them on the number of items.) I like to preview directions with my students and brainstorm revisions before we get started. And they often come up with ideas/solutions that I wouldn't have thought of on my own. Many students need to be given room to think outside the box, or in the case, the bag!
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On  September 23, 2012Krystal Mills answered:
No problem jolacey. I may go back to state some of those suggestions in the assignment so that it is clearer to teachers (in regards to illustration options). My school also has many students who are without, but we do have computers and a printer in the lab. Students are able to go there to collect art work online if they do not have computer access at home, but who still wish to take this route, rather than draw. As for the 10 items - yes perhaps somewhat arbitrary. I could have chosen 5 - again arbitrary. However, the point is that students are choosing items that really represent something from the novel and write a sentence strip to go with each explaining their reason for putting these into the bag (that's stated at the bottom of the rubric). I felt I had to choose a number, and therefore the 10 items work more like a checklist than a rubric (they have the item or they don't). Otherwise, would someone who brings in 10 items and someone who brings in 2 items be marked the same because they both brought in items? I didn't want another rubric and didn't want to expand the current one, so I used ten items, as I said, to act more like a checklist. Another teacher may choose to create a rubric to go with the items.

I've done this project as an assessment for books that we've covered as a class - because that suits me. That way, I've read the book and I know I've discussed that major themes, characters etc. with my kids. It would be more difficult to do with every student was reading a different book (although it could be done) and therefore I would choose to assess them in another way.

As I said before, this free download is meant to be a book report "option". It's not stated that it is the only way to assess, or that the download is a set of book report options. I just want to make that clear. Some downloads are meant to be multiple ways to review a book. This is meant to be a free download of ONE way teachers could allow students to review a book. Of course there are a thousand others. It's up to the professionalism of the teacher to know how they would like to assess students, or what they'd like to offer as assessment options. This download was simply meant to be one book review option - nothing more, nothing less.

Krystal
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I found your posting on the Seller's Forum. I trust you will take the time to rate my freebie. It should be a math game, but for some reason, I think it is the spelling one. I'm not sure about the new website!

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Paper Bag Book Report and Rubric: Language Arts Grades 6-9
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Paper Bag Book Report and Rubric: Language Arts Grades 6-9
Paper Bag Book Report and Rubric: Language Arts Grades 6-9