Have your students create their own mini-newspaper centered around the book or story they have just read. This is a fun way to get your students to look more closely at a book or story to help increase their understanding in a fun way. It helps them practice determining important ideas, become more familiar with the vocabulary in the story or book, look more closely at characters from the story, and evaluate the book while justifying their thinking. The best thing is that once you have taught your students what is expected for each section of Cool Book News, you can use it time and time again with many other books and/or stories.
Cool Book News has the following sections:
1. Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
Just like a real newspaper the students have to report on the Who? What? When? Where? and Why? from the book or story. This is a fun way for you to get students to summarize the important events in a book or story. It is also an easy way to evaluate whether or not students can determine the important ideas in the story.
2. Word Search
Students select powerful/challenging/or just plain interesting words from the book or story. Write the words forward, backward, and/or diagonally in the grid. Then have students fill in the rest of the grid with random letters. This is a great, fun way to get students to become more familiar with and to use some of the vocabulary found in the book or story.
3. Who Is the Most Popular Character? – Bar Graph
Students write down some of the characters from the book/story. Then they interview their classmates to determine who is the most popular. Students record their results on a bar graph. Then they have to use their inferring skills to conclude why that character was the most popular, and why another character was the least popular.
4. I give this book ***** stars
Students evaluate the book and explain their evaluations. This has students focus on why they liked or did not like the book and encourages them to think about their reasons and justify their thinking. It helps get away from “I liked it, it was good” statements.
Cool Book News - Book Review Worksheet Poster
by Clare Haagensen
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