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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


Materials and Technology






  • Computers with Internet capabilities
  • LCD projector, overhead projector, and/or interactive whiteboard

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  • Glogster EDU

    This website provides educators the software to create glogs. For a small yearly charge, a teacher can receive fifty accounts.  Additionally, it offers educators two yearly schoolwide subscription levels that allows for extra features that are not used in this project but would be useful in other projects.

  • Free Sound Effects and Royalty Free Sound Effects

    This site offers several sound effects that can be downloaded without cost.

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  1. Before this lesson, have students read a fiction book independently.
  2. Ask students to bring copies of their books that will be the focus of their glogs to class for reference.
  3. Review the definitions of the literary terms used in the glog:  protagonist setting, conflict, resolution, theme, climax, point of view, characterization, and genre.
  4. Using examples from stories students have previously read together, apply the literary terms.
  5. Reserve time in your school’s computer lab for use while students are creating their glogs.
  6. Sign up for an account at Glogster EDU and request the number of student accounts you need.  You can have up to fifty accounts.  Glogster will generate user names and passwords for your student accounts.  Assign each student an account.
  7. Make copies of Glog It!, Book Report Glog, and Book Report Glog Rubric (one for each student).
  8. Become familiar with Glogster.  Practice the steps of making a glog using Glog It!.  Create a sample glog using a story that students have read together previously. You can find samples of other book report glogs under Categories at Glogster EDU under English and Language Arts or Reading.
  9. Find sources for sound and video that are appropriate for your class.

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