Balderdash Book Summary
April 01, 2009
For the past few years, I have played a game with my students based on the Balderdash game. I write the name of a book on the board and have them write on a piece of paper a one or two sentence summary of what they think could happen in the book. I collect all of their papers and select three or four of their suggestions; then I add a true summary. I read all the summaries aloud, have one student summarize in a word or two, and then have the class vote on which is the true story.
I give out small prizes for the kids who guess right and for the kid who fools the most people. As they are getting their prize, I read the jacket flap. It’s a fun way to practice writing, summarization, and to preview a book.