This is NO book report! Students get to be the book critics and share their ideas. Get students writing about what they read. This set of materials offers a fun alternative to book reports, summaries, and book reviews by students. Allowing students to critique and rate books empowers them and gives them ownership of their work. They love to see their critiques displayed and read by other students. I like to refer students to the display of Book Recommendations so they can browse them to see if they find something they are interested in.
You could use this as a literacy center, a whole class activity, during reader’s workshop, as a concluding activity for a story you’ve read in class, as homework, to create a bulletin board, or in any other way that would work for you.
Included in this download are:
Teacher Information/ Suggestions for Use: These pages give an overview of what this product is and how it can be implemented into elementary classrooms (and possibly middle schools).
Student Directions: There are two different forms for this page. One is a large page that can be displayed with the student recommendation forms. The other is a smaller, individual form that can be handed out to students for them to keep or use.
Student Writing Forms: This is the actual form that students will write on to recommend or critique a specific book. There are 8 different varieties. Students are directed to explain why they would recommend this book (main idea) and give three details to support why they would recommend it. Then, they choose how many “thumbs ups” they would award in each of three categories. They also choose how many out of five “thumbs ups” they’d give the book overall. Finally, students create an illustration to depict the book.
Student Rubric: If you choose to use these as assessments, there is a student rubric included. This could also just be a guide for students to know what to include, even if you don’t grade it. I’ll be happy to edit this for you, if needed.
Book Recommendation Cover Page: This is a page to attach to the outside of a folder or binder that you may use to organize and hold blank recommendation forms. You may or may not choose to use this.
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