So, we do a lot of “book reports.” They’re never formal or lots of work, but they are based off of the book.
First, make sure you’re familiar with the book. Usually I will read the book to the kids, and then they will get a chance to read it again and study the pictures as they’re writing their report.
Look for your creative angle. The Giant Ball of String tells how a Wisconsin town took back their stolen ball of string from another town.
Our creative angle this time: First we wrote how they did it, then they created something out of string.
Look for what’s unusual in the book. We’ve taken a small detail and written about it, what was packed on the wagon train, a girl’s letter to President Lincoln, the chinking in the log cabin (can’t find that post). Then go from there.
It doesn’t have to be the straight forward summary of the book, though that has its place too. Look for the elements of story.
But the most important thing to make it creative and original. Be you. Don’t just be a carbon copy, be you.