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Looking for a fresh way to have students engage with a book? Book covers are an underutilized resource in the classroom. With this three-part book cover activity, students will learn elements of effective book covers, analyze and evaluate covers of high-interest novels, redesign covers that are ineffective or create them for different audiences, and then write an optional informative essay about book cover marketing.
When to use this book cover activity...
Use this book cover activity as a hook before a choice reading unit. It would work well during book clubs, reading workshop, literature circles, and independent reading units.
Due to its analytical and evaluative nature, it would also be ideal as part of a unit that involves analyzing marketing techniques or analyzing and evaluating purpose and audience.
Because of the optional writing extension activity, this lesson would also work well in an informative writing unit.
The visual nature of this assignment will appeal to students' creativity.
There are three main parts to this book cover activity:
Included with this book cover activity, you will find:
You can use this book cover resource with picture books, young adult novels, and pretty much any category of book.
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This mini unit is intended for middle and high school students and, depending on the length of your class periods, can take anywhere from 3 to 5 days.
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