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Going Beyond the Traditional Book Report

When working with GT students, especially those who love to read, the traditional book report becomes a dreaded task! When students are asked to summarize every chapter or identify plot elements as they read, it forces them to constantly “stop and go” and disrupts the enjoyment of the novel. Lisa Van Gemert, the Gifted Guru, in Book Report Badness, discusses the rationale of traditional book reports and ways to adapt it for GT learners.

Van Gemert also shared a great idea from another educator of how his students reported back about And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie:

Here is another option for students on how to display their knowledge of the book they read: Choice Novel Choice Board created by G. See

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Going Beyond the Traditional Book Report

by Gordon See
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