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Book Report Alternative: Creating a New Book Cover

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Book Report Alternative: Creating a New Book Cover

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
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Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


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Heather Williams

May 18, 2011

I liked this lesson. The students were engaged and found it interesting.The best part of the lesson was the checklist. The students found it extremely helpful. I starred the elements that were required and then the students used the checklist to make sure they had done what was needed and also as a prompt to decide how they would additionally embellish their covers.

One problem I had though was that the interactive program was too constrained and took a long time to process to the printer when the students were ready to print. My students became frustrated with the program because they couldn't get the formatting to go exactly as they desired.

I ended up having to modify the lesson and print a master Dust jacket and then have the students create their new jacket by hand. Quite honestly, the ones the students did by hand were much more creative than the ones completed online.



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