Independent Work Book Report, File Folder Reading Project, Book Project

Grade Levels
5th - 8th
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26 pages
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This Common Core aligned Book Report Project enables students to creatively respond to their reading. Over the course of the book project, students will create a unique file folder covered in plot details, character analysis, setting description, a personal reflection, plus a book cover design and a listing of other books by the same author.

The File Folder Reading Project is designed for students to complete on ANY FICTION BOOK. The highly detailed handouts and worksheets in this resource are designed so that students can either work on the project in class or completely independently outside of the classroom. Students are required to complete a first draft of all project elements so that the final project reflects their best work. The end result is a vivid, comprehensive, and creative book report!

This project is easily adaptable for use as a response to a class-wide novel study, independent reading project, or summer reading project.

Also, the final file folders are a great addition to your classroom library. Future readers can easily reference the file folders to get a review of a book before reading the book on their own.

Step-by-step guides and directions are included for students. Worksheets and handouts for completing the hands-on book report project are part of this resource.

Skills developed with this book report project:

  • Developing an understanding of a variety of genres
  • Comprehension and analytic skills
  • Plot, setting, theme and character analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Editing and revising written responses to improve content and organization as well as spelling, grammar and punctuation

This detailed project includes:

  • Teacher Project Overview including extension ideas
  • Student Packet with detailed instructions and guides:

- File Folder Book Project Overview

- How-to Instructions on assembling the project

- First Draft - Plot Diagram

- First Draft - Character Analysis

- First Draft - Setting Details

- First Draft - Personal Reflection

- First Draft - Books by the same author

- First Draft - Cover Design

  • Final copy cut-out resources - Plot, Character, Setting, Reflection

Common Core Aligned Project:

  • RL.1, RL.2, RL.3, RL.6, RL.10
  • W.3, W.4, W.5, W.6, W.10
  • L.1, L.2, L.3, L.5, L.6

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Count to 100 by ones and by tens.
Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.
Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.
Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.
Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for the two measurements; describe how the two measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen.


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