Try a One-Pager in Place of Your Next Book Report!
by Alexie Basil with Amy Soupiset
Help your students learn about characterization: Download this free one-pager reading comprehension activity—based on a lesson plan idea by 2018–2019 Scholastic Book Clubs Teacher Advisor Amy Soupiset—for The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg. Plus don’t miss a free downloadable grading rubric!
Looking for a new twist on traditional book reports?
Amy, a sixth grade reading teacher at Alamo Heights Junior School in San Antonio, Texas, has had a lot of success engaging students with this short-and-sweet characterization one-page worksheet. Try it out in your own classroom for a quick way to jump-start kids’ interest in the Book of the Week.
After reading The View from Saturday, ask your students to demonstrate their reading comprehension with this one-pager activity. It empowers students to creatively analyze characters in a book while using text evidence to support their claims. Always a win-win! Students should:
• Map out characters’ traits and actions
• Provide quotes that express characters’ personalities
• Identify how characters relate to one another
Download the free printable worksheet and grading rubric here:
If you like this concept but are working on another lesson, Amy suggests repurposing the activity! For example, instead of characterization, you could adapt the worksheet to analyze themes or points of view.
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Amy Soupiset is a 2018–2019 Scholastic Book Clubs Teacher Advisor. She is a sixth grade reading teacher at Alamo Heights Junior School in San Antonio, Texas. Follow her on Instagram @soupin6th.
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