Did anyone else dread doing book reports as a kid? Is it just me, or did it seem like we plagiarized the book? I decided to ditch the traditional book report format for our homeschool experience. Instead, we’ve been looking over a few lists to get some creative ways to summarize what we’ve read. The National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) provide Fifty Alternatives to the Book Report, Cheeky Lit Teacher created a list of 150 Book Report Alternatives, and there is also a More Ideas Than You Will Ever Use For Book Reports by Teachnet. If your homeschooler can translate something about the plot, main idea, or characters from a book into another form, e.g., comic strip (as my girls did) then chances are they are actually comprehending what they read. Remember: Assessment can come in more than one form! That being said, I am sharing what we (yes, I did one too) did for our Not A Book Report book reports! The girls each chose a book from the Dear Dumb Diary series and I chose Nothing But Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson. For my project, I selected the word collage project, where you find words that describe the story. BTW: all projects are in color but for some reason they did not upload that way! Arghhhhh!
Am I The Princess or the Frog?
Nothing But Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson