I have taught English for a few years , and do projects quite frequently; however, this is the first year I have done the read it at home book report.
My first advice is to pre-approve a genre or book. Our school has great resources, but sometimes not a huge variety due to a large student population. I did not want my students to not read because the book they wanted was checked out or there wasn’t a large enough variety of genre, so my criteria was for students to read a “chapter book.” I went further to add that Junie B Jones, while a great series for 4th graders, was not age appropriate for 7th graders and suggested the Lone Star List as a guideline.
I started off with a scrapbook book report, an idea from another teacher I Googled. I took her printable and basic instructions (I made it class specific and took out biography info). This project, at the time, was a completion grade. When I tried to find the source, I found a ton of rubrics that I could have adjusted.
I suggested Glogster, as providing scrapbook paper and time in class was expensive and time-consuming. Glogster is an online multimedia poster/collage maker. When I was searching again for my source, I found this template that I wish I had. The site and our web filter at school did not agree with each other, so students ended up printing them and everything else. I now know there is a Glogster EDU and will check it out for future projects.
Some were great especially the Glogster ones. Many were a book report instead of a character sketch. I have done more book reports and I will say, as many of us know, it’s all about examples and specificity.