ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, videos, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you.
Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals.
Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Book Report Alternative: Rewind the Plot!
|Grades||6 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 50-minute sessions|
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 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 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 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.
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.”