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Book Bag Report

Found In: book report, oral discourse, student presentations

My students do a “Bag Report” after they’ve read a book. This activity combines a more traditional book report with a few other activities.

To start, students must read a book that is at fifth-grade reading level or higher and is at least 150 pages long. As they read the book they keep a reading log. When they finish reading they decorate the outside of a brown paper bag with a scene from the book, along with title and author’s names. They place inside the bag their reading log and 8-10 additional items that have significance to the story. For example, in reporting on the book The Giver by Lois Lowry, a student might place in the bag an apple, a sled Christmas ornament, and a baby doll. Lastly, each student gives an oral book report to the class, including talks about how/why the decorated their bag and the items placed inside it.

Bag reports always reveal that the student actually read the book rather than just giving a summary of the book jacket. The kids really love to do these and they love to listen to their classmates’ reports as well!



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