I get it. Getting kids to write book reports can be difficult. And oh, the ink and lead it can waste. (I mean, don’t you want to save the pencils?)
There are lots of fun ways to change it up, though, and this one may just be so fun that your kiddos actually look forward to it.
I’m not making that up.
Instead of pushing your kids to write a 5-10 page paper about a book (especially if they’re not even in high school yet), make a project out of a Novel Brochure. Projects are ever so much more fun than papers. You can use them as an introduction to book reports or as a fun break from writing papers.
How to Make a Novel Brochure
What, exactly, is a novel brochure, KT?
Well, let me tell ya.
A novel brochure is put together like any ol’ brochure: It’s a tri-fold printout that provides details about a book that tells others what the book is about. They’re super easy to create in Word, too.
The first page has a picture of the book with the title, author, and publication date. The second page has a plot chart with the initiating event, the rising action, the climax, the falling action, and the resolution. The third page describes the setting(s). On the back, the fourth page describes the characters, the 5th relates the theme, and the sixth is an author bio.
It’s also a sneaky way to get your kids’ book report on without them realizing what they’re doing.
Make an outline
In order to do this up right, your kiddos should take notes on the book as they read. One of the easiest ways to do this is to create an outline for the brochure to come. That way, when your kids are finished with the book, they aren’t scrambling to remember the details.
The best way to keep track of things is making a heading for each page of the brochure and filling it out as you go. In fact, I’ve worked up a free outline for you than can be used with any novel. (And the good news is, there’s a brochure template you can print out, too!)
Make the novel brochure
Now they have their outline and they can use it to either create a brochure in Word or they can fill out a printed version.
To create a brochure in Word:
- Open a new document
- Go to Page Layout-Orientation and choose Landscape
- Go to Page Layout-Columns and choose 3 Columns
- Enter the information for each page in each column
Don’t worry, I got you. Here’s a free template you can download for them to follow or you can print for them to fill out. Either way, easy peasy. And so cute and fun!
And just like yesterday and the day before, these are no-strings printables. Just click and download; you don’t have to subscribe. (But I mean, go ahead and subscribe–there are tons of other printables in my subscriber freebies, and it’s the Only Way to get The Hobbit Activities for Learning. And that stuff rocks.)
I bet your littles will like this tons better than writing a boring old book report.
And all manner of pencils will be saved.
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