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Here is a fun, engaging, hands-on activity that will encourage your students to write creative book summaries, discuss novels with one another, and recommend books to their peers!
Using specific guidelines, students create a box advertising a novel, picture book, or short story they’ve read. The box – designed to look like a cereal box (which is, essentially, an ad for the product inside) – is meant to be shared with peers to convince them to read the book or story being “advertised.”
Students love reading one another’s boxes and are quick to look for the books recommended on the boxes.
I have used this activity in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades with huge success! Students have worked individually, in pairs, and in small groups on this activity. I have used it in several ways -- as an authentic assessment, an extra-credit opportunity, and a fun literacy center activity for those wonky days such as half-days and before-holiday-break days when you want meaningful activities that are also fun and creative!
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This can be used in either ELA or Social Studies and with multiple grades. Specially designed to be used in an inclusive classroom setting, as this is a perfect activity for visual learners, kinesthetic learners, and artistic students! This is also a perfect hands-on team-building activity when you want your students to work on interpersonal and collaborative skills!
Also a great Back-to-School Activity to encourage students to share a book they read over break!
This 15-page product includes:
-Student Planning Sheets
-Photographs of Student Exemplars
-A teacher-tool sheet explaining how to use this activity, with additional photograph
-A Grading Rubric, designed to also be used by students as a checklist
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