After reading the inspiring book The Book Whisperer this summer I decided to make some changes to my reading instruction this year. I began by teaching my students to evaluate literature by writing book reviews I have students use this template to create their own book reviews. I also created a scoring rubric to grade student book reviews. This can be used for both a reading and writing grade. Book reviews are a great away to move from traditionial book reports and also get other students in your class excited about reading.