Not every book report should be laborious for the student to write, nor onerous on the teacher to mark. The love should be in the reading! So, I designed this fast and easy book report which keeps students accountable to their reading, while not punishing the teacher to reader "yet another book report ."
The skills here are not new: students will practice what good readers do:
Good readers VISUALIZE. (Task: Draw the protagonist; draw a new title page.)
Good readers SUMMARIZE. (Task: Summarize the plot in a few sentences.)
Good readers MAKE CONNECTIONS. (Task: Make a personal connection/reflection about what affected you in the novel.)
Good readers LOOK FOR DETAILS. (Task: Find quotations to back up your drawing of the protagonist, looking for physical, emotional, and personality characteristics.)
Good readers REFLECT. (Task: Explain your overall opinion of the novel.)
You can tailor this assignment to meet your own needs. For myself, while there are times I want my students writing about what they've read, when it comes to their own chosen novels, I'd rather not destroy their love of reading by making them analyze and write about what they have selected to read. This assignment is designed to a be a fairly straightforward piece that allow readers to demonstrate that they have read and understood what they have read. It also allows students to showcase how they visualize what they've read by putting it on paper. (In its most recent form, I use this assignment over Spring Break to have students read a novel of their own choosing. When they come back, I give them this to evidence their reading.)
Over the years, I have used this assignment in Middle School, Early Secondary School, and even Senior ELL / ESL classes.