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Book Report Alternative: Glog That Book!

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Book Report Alternative: Glog That Book!

Grades 5 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Kathy Wickline

Kathy Wickline

Tolono, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English



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In this lesson, students review the elements of fiction.  They identify and share these components by creating unique glogs, which are interactive multimedia posters, through Glogster EDU. This activity offers an alternative to the traditional book report as well as an opportunity for students to share their glogs with their classmates, who will have suggestions of what they might enjoy reading next from viewing each other's glogs.

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  • Book Report Glog:  Students use this planning sheet to think through the elements of their glog before they work on computers.
  • Glogster EDU: Students' glogs will be created on this website.

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Without a doubt, all students should be able to read and communicate effectively with others what they have read.  Nolan explains that using technology in the classroom offers opportunities for developing necessary skills such as reading, writing, communicating, and questioning. She writes, “technology creates opportunities for students to explore, try different tactics, and exercise increments of freedom.”

In this lesson, technology meshes with the book report to provide students a creative opportunity.  It addresses the problem that Mitchell identifies:  “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.”


Further Reading

Nolan, Sara.  “How Technology Fuels Learning.” MindShift Blog, KQED.org. September 16,2011.

Mitchell, Diana. "Fifty Alternatives to the Book Report." English Journal 87.1 (January 1998): 92-95.

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