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Book Report Alternative: Sharing Info from Informational Reading

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Book Report Alternative:  Sharing Info from Informational Reading

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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Reporting facts from an informational book does not always lend itself to student creativity.  However, given the opportunity to use the Printing Press for their book reports, students can use their imaginations as they create newspapers that reflect the content of their informational books.

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Printing Press:  This student interactive will be used to create newspapers.

Inverted Pyramid Format
:  This printout will help students understand the format of news articles.

What Will I Read Next?
Students will use this printout as they listen to each other’s reports to keep track of books they wish to remember for reading choices later.

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In 2006, American College Testing reported that only half of college-bound students were ready for college-level text.  The report concluded that students lacked experience in reading complex informational text.  Bauerlein suggests that educators should provide opportunities for “one hour a day of slow reading with print matter.”  Furthermore, he proposes that educators should “concoct slow, deliberate reading exercises for students to complete” in order to instill the skills necessary for informational text reading. This lesson provides students an opportunity to practice those skills and then share their newly acquired knowledge.

Voukon points out that the traditional fiction-based book report format does not create excitement for reading; alternative methods that motivate today’s students are necessary.  Likewise, other engaging options for students to connect to informational text are required, and this lesson offers one such option.

Bauerlein, Mark.  “Too Dumb for Complex Text?”  Educational Leadership 68.5 (Feb. 2011): 


Voukon, Michael. “Alternative Book Reports.”  English Journal 94.4 (March 2005):  117-119.

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