ERIC Number: ED039258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
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Oh No, Not Another One of Those (Ugh!) Book Reports!!
Katz, Sheldon F.
Missouri English Bulletin, v27 n2 p5-9 Mar 1970
Interest in book reports can be revitalized by having students present desired information about plot, characters, author, and criticism in new and imaginative forms. Students may give a book report by means of a newscast, which could be taped or videotaped as well; by depicting a novel through pictures, perhaps with the aid of captions; and by describing a book through a special, limited vocabulary, (e.g., sports terms). They could also publish a newspaper front page, with the plot supplying the headline and lead article, the editorial presenting a critical review of the book, and news articles discussing author and characters. Another technique is for the student to assume the role of an agent for a publishing or movie company and "sell" the book. In evaluating the results of either traditional or innovative projects, emphasis must be placed on positive teacher and peer group criticism--student enthusiasm should not be drowned in a sea of sharp words or red ink. (MF)
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Authoring Institution: Missouri Association of Teachers of English.