The book report may be the most dreaded elementary classroom assignment of all time. The elementary Common Core writing standard for argument includes opinion pieces about books, encouraging many teachers to incorporate some form of literature review rather than worksheets filled with information.
We do want students to comprehend a book’s who, what, when, and so on, but a book report that is simply a summarization of a book’s plot isn’t really any better than the worksheets we’re all keen to avoid.
A regurgative book report is devoid of thought and presents no argument. Being assigned such a task is an open invitation to copy and paste a summary from a wiki or even the book’s dust jacket. While we can police student work for plagiarism, we can also do much better.Read More