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4th grade teacher from Philadelphia

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Thank you for your suggestions. I am looking for ways to engage students with reading and writing. I had my students make a newspaper as a writing assignment. They had to summarize a story, make a wanted ad for the characters in conflict, have a "for sale" section using the setting, and include 3 fillers (advice column, weather, etc..). I continue to seek alternative methods to engage students in writing and critical thinking instead of writing an essay.

Third grade teacher from Rangeley, ME

We had our students write a

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We had our students write a sequel to Sarah Plain and Tall in the form of a play. They wrote the script, learned their parts, developed a set, and put the play on for their peers in other reading groups. During a biography unit students got to dress up as their historical figure and were invited to a tea. At the tea they had to talk and act as their historical figure would have. They also wrote interviews with their figures. In both instances students were far more engaged than if they were solely writing summaries and reviews.

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What a great list! As we

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What a great list!
As we delve deeper into the Common Core reading standards, I think people will really begin to look for creative, meaningful ways to expand their "Toolbox". I will definitely share this with my FB and Twitter fans!

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A resume is a fun alternative

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A resume is a fun alternative too! http://wp.me/p2qsME-cf

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Alternative Book Reports Ideasq

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Thanks for all the good ideas. Here are a couple of alternative reports options to add to the list:
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
http://teachingenglishlanguagearts.com/?p=1200
Collage Demonstrating Literary Devices
http://teachingenglishlanguagearts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/A-Coll...
Literary Weaving Strips (based on In the Middle article
http://teachingenglishlanguagearts.com/?p=1474
Enjoy!

My students are currently

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My students are currently doing oral book presentations and they are loving it. One class stated today this is a FUN way to talk about a book you have read. Students were given detailed guidelines to prepare for the presentation, suggestions for a visual product, and rubric for the oral presentation. The class score the presenter using the rubric and provide immediate feedback. We have discovered those who are articulate, funny personalities, as well as did not read and or prepared. Students are asking to do it again!

Creating interactive quizzes about the book

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I let my children create video trivia quizzes with Blubbr (www.blubbr.tv) as a fun way for to reflect on the book. It was very easy. They wrote the questions and answers, found the videos and challenged their friends to game. They loved it!

Love this list. I always tell

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Love this list. I always tell students I'd rather they read another book than write a book report on the first one.

Good ideas!

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I love 5 and 6. Oral communication is crucial to success yet often an afterthought in education. But know that they cannot "practice speaking skills" if no one ever specifically taught them speaking skills. Get help here: www.pvlegs.com and here: http://www.stenhouse.com/shop/pc/viewprd.asp?idProduct=9335&r=&REFERER=

My daughter has made two

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My daughter has made two children's books from Novels. It is quite difficult to get the main points of a novel into about 15 pages of picture book. Really shows understanding.

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