Read, Respond...Now What?  

Read-i-cide n: The systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practices found in schools.--Kelly Gallagher, Readicide

Do you remember these...
Do you still use them?

So how do you get kids to read...and know they are really reading?  

Technology can help bring excitement and creativity to the traditional book report while still displaying students' understanding of reading.  

What other ways can kids respond to literature?  

GO digital and get creative!  Let your students think outside of the box.  Give them your basic requirements and let them run with it.  Of course you are limited by their technological skills and resources at hand.  It may be difficult at first, but once they get the hang of it, everyone will see the benefits!  

Here are some suggestions before your begin:  

               * Set clear expectations---create a rubric for the students to follow

               * Create examples--show them what you expect to see

               * Preteach the tools they will be using--you will save yourself a lot of time if you                     let them learn the programs before you begin.  

               * Be accepting of their creativity---within reason

Types of book responses

Create a cartoon---use one of the cartoon programs or Google draw to create a comic strip summarizing the events of the story/hi-lighting a specific scene/character study or setting review.  

Character interview-- Students write questions for their character and answer them as their character would.  They then create a script to follow.  Perfect for collaborative project!  

Movie trailer--Create a trailer for your book.  Highlight the important parts, characters and setting.  

Virtual Poster-- Create a digital copy of a poster to demonstrate the student's knowledge of the plot/characters/setting.  

Book Commercial--Students pretend to be the author or character of the book and sell it to their viewers.  

Bookcasting--Create a newscast of the events in the story.  

Timeline--Create a timeline of the story events.  Perfect for historical fiction, biography or non-fiction history books.  

Reading blog--Use Google Sites or to create a reading blog.  Use a daily journal format or question of the day.  

Digital reading log--Create a Google form that the students can copy and use to create a daily digital reading log.  Responses can be printed for teacher assessment weekly, monthly or quarterly.  

Create a game--Jeopardy/Kahoot-Use Kahoot or the template below to create a trivia game for your story.  

Character/Book/Author Facebook Page--Use the Google template to create a Fakebook entry for your character.  

Powtoon---Create a comic, book trailer, summary of the story.  

What technology can I use?

Of course your can use any of our Google Apps for Education for free, but to encourage our 21st Century learners to explore other opportunities you can try the following programs too.  Some are free/limited others are subscriptions.  

But what about the
little ones?  

Yes, even the kindergarten students can create digital book reports.

  • Use the camera to take pics of hand-drawn pictures. Upload the pictures to make a digital poster or slideshow.
  • Character interview with the teacher asking the questions.  
  • Design a new book cover using Google draw,
  • Record the student retelling the story in their own words or reading the story aloud for fluency.