Fun Book Report Activity Ideas ~ Book Report Alternatives
If you are looking for book report alternatives, have your class create podcasts the next time around. Once the podcasts are created, the links can be embedded on your class website, or via twitter feeds for parents to listen to as well. Who knows? Some of your students might take the project and run with it, becoming the next podcast phenomena.
Grow a Story Tree
The Story Tree is another book report alternative that aims to helps students focus on the basic literary elements of plot, character, and setting while encouraging them to use exact language to share their book with others.
Not everyone loves book reports as much as I do, so I created this list of book report alternatives to help homeschooling moms and classroom teachers alike come up with their own ideas for alternatives to the . If you have other ideas please share them with me in the comments!Read-Opoly! A fun game that gets students talking about books that they have read! This would be a great literacy center or a book report alternative.Read-Opoly! A fun game that gets students talking about books that they have read! This would be a great literacy center or a book report alternative.In this book report alternative, students will select and read a book, then create a “book recipe” that lists all of the ingredients that were mixed together to make their book “good enough to eat!”In her English Journal article "Fifty Alternatives to ," Diana Mitchell explains "Students tire of responding to novels in the same ways. They want new ways to think about a piece of literature and new ways to dig into it" (92).
Mitchell's observation is supported by Jim Cope's survey of 272 high school seniors in five Georgia high schools. In the article reporting his findings, Cope states, "Book reports were listed as the third most negative school reading experience, and can be considered a subset of students' general disdain for assigned reading" (21). Like Mitchell, Cope suggests that teachers "move away from the traditional book report and consider more exciting activities" in order to raise students' interest and engagement in reading. The end result of book report alternatives, such as the one explored in this lesson plan, is that the activities "whet the interest of students in exploring new directions and in responding with greater depth to the books they read" (Mitchell 92).
Further ReadingGrow a Story Tree
The Story Tree is another book report alternative that aims to helps students focus on the basic literary elements of plot, character, and setting while encouraging them to use exact language to share their book with others.Burying the Report: 3 Book Report Alternatives
Create a Culture Kit
One of our favorite things about reading is that it allows us to travel all over the world and experience different cultures all from the comfort of our favorite reading space. One way to enhance this cultural experience is by having students create a Culture Kit.A couple weeks ago, we talked about putting a new spin on the classic book report assignment by This got us thinking about other ways we could help teachers who are looking for book report alternatives. Here’s what we came up with: podcasting apps.