Setting Review: Book Report Project for Any Novel or Short Story

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  1. These 6 creative alternatives to the traditional book report can be used with any novel or short story and will engage even your most reluctant students. This bundle includes everything you need to implement five outside-the-box projects that your students will love. The best part is that each ass
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Use this final novel or short story project as an alternative to the traditional book report. In this project, students win a contest to win a trip inside the setting of any short story or novel of their choice.  They must write online reviews of the setting from 3 characters and write comments on those reviews. They must also pack for their trip and plan their itinerary of where in the setting they want to visit.

This project allows students to demonstrate a deep understanding of setting and use strong evidence from the text to show this understanding in three online reviews and in the comments. They will also be able to make personal connections by selecting and justifying items to pack and by planning out their setting travel itinerary.

The best part is that your purchase comes with a hand-drawn video, created by the talented John Spencer, that introduces the assignment to hook students in! Watch the preview video above to get a sneak peek of the video included and download the preview to get a closer look at the assignment instructions, student handout, pre-writing organizers, editing checklists included! There is absolutely no prep required to implement this project!


• Students watch a hand-drawn video that introduces the project of writing reviews of the setting, commenting on them, and planning their trip. This video is highly engaging and will hook your students immediately. Watch the video preview on the product page to get a sneak peek.

• Use the eye-catching PowerPoint presentation to introduce the project in more detail to your class and guide you through each of the tasks.

• Use the instructions, student handout, organizers, and creative assignments to implement the project.


→ Introductory video

→ Teacher and student Instructions

→ PowerPoint to guide the project

→ How to write a travel review handout

→ Review writing planning graphic organizer

→ Three computer templates to write the reviews and leave comments

→ A packing assignment where students choose two non-traditional items to bring with them (must show a text connection)

→ A travel itinerary assignment where students chose three particular areas of the setting to visit first.

→ Easy-to-use teacher rubric

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.


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