Students collect props and clues to create a "life box" and a poem about their character. Using props adds a visual and physical dimension to their learning while using words engages mental facilities, making this a whole brain activity. Students must communicate their clues and interpret others clues to reveal characters identities. This lesson is designed to develop skills of character analysis in grades 5-8. It has potential, however, as a book report/project.
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It is that time again! This book report is on a historical fiction book. The reason behind the different genre’s is to expand student reading. Sometimes students get stuck reading one type of book or author. This exposes them to other types of books and they get to learn history! This report will be presented in a brochure format and should be typed! All book reports should be typed. as to give students additional typing practice for their DWA writing assessment. Students are only given 40 minutes a week in the computer lab and this is not enough time to get them proficient on the computer so any typing at home is appreciated. There are three ways you can accomplish this brochure format. First, many publishing programs offer a brochure template. Second, you can create text boxes. Third you can go to page set up choose orientation and landscape, Then choose columns three. The brochure should have three sections on the front and three on the back, six total sections. There should be no blank sections. The front should have the title, author, and number of pages. The other sections should include a summary, favorite part, rating, and anything else you may wish to share. The brochure should also include at least three student generated pictures. These must be hand drawn by the students. (Additional clipart, stickers, and fru-fru may be added.) As always any additional questions please contact me. Here are some examples.
Below is an example of my sandwich book report grading rubric.
This Book Report is to be presented as a picture glyph. A picture glyph is a picture in which the picture has meaning by the elements in it. The students will create a picture according to their book and their opinion of the book. The picture should be colored in completely and NICELY (no white on the page even background). Accompanying the picture should be a TYPED SHORT summary of the book with a rating and don’t forget to include your favorite part. Below is Glyph Key that was given to the students and photos of some past student work to give you an idea of how it should look. Book Report Glyph Key Setting: Present is represented by open eyes Past is represented by closed eyes Future is represented by glasses City is represented by background buildings Country is represented by background sunset Space is represented by background stars Inside is represented by socks Outside is represented by shoes Characters: Animals are represented by a tail People are represented by ears Magical are represented by wings Techies are represented by antennae Problem/Climax: Person to person is represented by thin eyebrows Person to Nature is represented by raised eyebrows Internal struggles (self) is represented by bushy eyebrows Supernatural (God, other) is represented by angled eyebrows Genre: Mystery/Detective: represented by spyglass in the right hand Science Fiction/Fantasy: represented by a wand in the right hand Biography, autobiography, Diaries, Journals: represented by a pencil in the right hand Fables, Myths, Legends: represented by a scroll in the right hand History, Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction: represented by a feather in the right hand Sports, Hobbies: represented by a medal in the right hand Adventure: represented by a compass in the right hand Rating: Excellent is represented by left hand thumb up Average is represented by left hand thumb to the side Poor is represented by left hand thumb down
This sandwich book report project is divided into 7 writing sections: