A critical book review makes a great independent reading assessment because it directs your students to think more deeply about what they read, and is a great venue for persuasive writing that also incorporates higher-order thinking.
Written book reports are as old as the hills, and certainly not anything you need to be instructed in, I know! However, below are just a few thoughts on why written book reports are still valuable, and some ideas for how to implement them. The Short Form Book Report What is a short form book… Continue reading Book Report Series: Written Reports
The first thing you need to know is this: your students can do oral book reports! It’s up to you to set the tone for a learning environment in which it’s OK to not be great at everything. Learning is messy.
Build a foundation- teach the writing process Learning the writing process is the best first step to write anything! Emphasis on the process part- students have to grasp that writing is more than filling a blank page. I find that teens are often really intimidated by a blank page. What's worse, their goal is usually… Continue reading Tools & Advice for Teaching Writing in High School