“The graphic organizer is used by all the students in our household including our college students. I created a graphic organizer based on the information in the story elements book to be used in creating simple book reports.”
Expressing their thoughts in writing is critical to students’ success in school. It begins in kindergarten when students are asked to write in their journals. They are not expected to have perfect spelling, but they are expected to write a sentence about a picture they have drawn in their journals or to write a sentence about their day. In first grade, teachers tend to expect simple book reports and ongoing journals. By second grade, students are expected to use conventional spelling for most one-syllable words and phonetically correct spelling for the rest. They are also expected to write multi-paragraph book summaries in well-developed paragraphs with grammatically correct sentences and excellent mechanics.
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For reasons like these, most of us, somewhere along the line, are taught to read with an intellectual distance. At school, we graduate from simple book reports to writing essays in which we’re expected to ferret out the symbols and themes of stories we once might have believed to be the stuff of actual life. We learn who authors are and how to detect what they’re really up to. But that’s not the end of the judgments we learn to apply. Later still, we will realize that some books are in better taste than others, and that our own favorites might not number among the acknowledged best.
Within the first unit, students learn literary study terms such as conflict, protagonist, antagonist, rising action, climax, and point of view. These terms are then used through the rest of the Season. Rather than writing simple book reports, students learn to write summaries and paraphrases based on the book they have chosen to read. Pamphlet book reports are as much a literary study exercise as a composition project since pamphlets use a pre-designed template as a means of presenting key literary elements students have identified in the book they have read for that unit. Students next learn to write objectively with the journalism unit exercises. Libraries use a variety of ways to have children report on the books they read. They can place stickers on a log, give oral book reports to the librarian, or write simple book reports. You might also consider a more open-ended program, especially for teens. In Council Bluffs, Anna encourages participation through a multitude of activities under the categories Read, Watch, Listen, and Do. Nearly all of the activities are related to using the library, and reading is still the fastest way to earn points, but this gives busy teens a lot of ways to participate in the program, as well as encouraging them to use multiple library services.