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Book Report Alternative: Rewind the Plot!
|Grades||6 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 50-minute sessions|
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students learn that the plot structure described by Freytag's Pyramid is actually quite familiar as they diagram the plots of a familiar story, a television show, and a narrative poem.
Grades 9 – 10 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students use an online graphic organizer to analyze the plot structure of "Jack and the Beanstalk" and three short stories.
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students identify the elements of fiction in a book they have read and share summaries of them by writing and illustrating their own mini-book.
Grades 6 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
In this alternative to the traditional book report, students report on their novel choices using Facebook-like pages.
Grades 5 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
In this alternative book report, students identify the elements of fiction in books they have read by creating glogs, interactive multimedia posters, and then share their glogs.
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose
The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.
Grades K – 8 | Calendar Activity |  June 6
Students work in small groups or as a class to map the plot of a selected Cynthia Rylant story and create original literary works using the plot diagrams.
Grades 3 – 8 | Printout | Graphic Organizer
After students read a short story or chapter of a novel, they can use the Narrative Pyramid to reflect on key ideas and details.
Grades 8 – 12 | Professional Library | Journal
This article describes different ways that students can report on books they have read other than the traditional “book report.”
Grades 5 – 9 | Professional Library | Journal
Jago offers a review of Freytag’s Pyramid and an example of how work with the concept of plot structure positively affected student understanding and writing.