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Book Report Alternative: Hooking a Reader with a Book Cover

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Book Report Alternative: Hooking a Reader with a Book Cover

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Cassandra Love

Asheville, North Carolina


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives





  • Texts with appealing cover art, including a variety of genres and reading levels

  • A large book with rich cover art to use as an example

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Book Cover Guide

Grades   3 – 8  |  Student Interactive  |  Inquiry & Analysis

Book Cover Guide

Explore the parts of book covers and dust jackets with this online guide, designed to to allow users to review the content that appears on each portion of these artifacts.


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  • Make one copy of the Book Cover Art Notes, Book Review Web, Post-Reading Book Cover Analysis, Sample Book Cover Analysis, Book Cover Creator Planning Sheets, and Book Cover Checklist handouts for each student. You may want to make extra copies of the Full Jacket Planning Sheet in case some students need more than one.

  • Gather a set of books for students to select from for this activity. Include books with cover art that will appeal to your students. Be sure to include books for a variety of interests and reading levels, as appropriate for your students.

  • A book, preferably with a large cover, to use in modeling the activity. The activity will work best if the book is one with which most students are not familiar and which has rich cover art.

  • Students will be creating several lists, webs, and other writings that they will need to refer to during the process of redesigning their book cover. Arrange for students to keep their work together in a notebook, folder, or other place so that it will be at hand when needed.

  • Test the Book Cover Creator, Book Cover Guide, and ReadWriteThink Webbing tools on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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