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I encourage my students to read independently throughout the year. I hold them responsible for one book report each six weeks. Sometimes, this can be challenging at best. My book report forms allow students to be accountable, but in small chunks. Writing a book report on their own often seems overwhelming for many of the students. My form is made up of small amounts of information, while at the same time they guide the students with the info that you will want back from them.
These forms also give the students an artsy way of doing my work. I have found over the years that students in the upper elementary still like to draw and color and be creative. For those students who believe they can’t draw, I tell them that art originates in the mind, not necessarily in the hand. For these students, I allow them to trace appropriate pictures. And of course, they still get to color.
I give the students one week of 20 minute sessions each six weeks during class time to work on their book reports. This allows me to walk around and help guide the students who are struggling. For those who struggle with what to write, I talk with them and asks them to simply tell me first, and then help them to see what it is that they have left out or what information is considered too much. They still must read the book at home. I do allow them, though, to read in class, but only after they have finished their work for the period or day.