I have found this book project to be an engaging substitute for the traditional book report. Students are able to express themselves creatively while still displaying their understanding of critical skills and standards. I have also had many positive reports from parents saying how much their children have enjoyed this project! I love to hear that students are excited with an assignment!!
To complete this project, students use a brown paper lunch bag to creatively display components of a fiction book. Skills addressed with this project include character traits, summarizing, story elements, and expressing opinion with appropriate reasoning. Along with displaying these elements on the outside of the bag, students are asked to fill their bag with objects that represent key aspects of the story. You will be amazed at the critical thinking skills students will demonstrate with the unique objects they bring!
Included in this file are …
• A one-page description of the project that can be sent home.
• A grading rubric that breaks down each component into points totaling 100.
• A planning ‘packet’ for students to complete prior to writing on their bag. This allows students to gather all their information and prepare a ‘rough draft’, ensuring their final project is their best work!
• Example pictures of a completed ‘book in the bag’ report!