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Subject: Ideas for a Book Review Bulletin board?
Date Posted: 9/26/2008 10:30 PM ET
Member Since: 2/2/2007
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I teach middle school and want a way for students to post short reviews of books they have enjoyed. I'm hoping that this could interest others in their books. I'm not a very artistic or visual person so would appreciate ideas from folks who are artistic....

I've gotten as far as copying the book jackets from books kids have recommended. Now I'm stuck....

Date Posted: 9/27/2008 6:04 PM ET
Member Since: 3/4/2007
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Why go through all the trouble of doing this yourself?  Let your students design and decorate the bulletin board.  You're putting up their reviews, right?  You can offer alternatives to written reviews by allowing students to illustrate their favorite scenes from the stories and post those, too.  It would be a great example of differentiated instruction and you get a bulletin board your students will be proud of. 

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 8:05 PM ET
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What age level are you working with?.  This idea works well with 3rd grade and older.  For the month of October color and cut out a large haunted house and then find a ghost pattern that you can duplicate for the reviews.  The title of the board could be good "boo"-ks! or Spooky Reads.  The kids fill in a ghost pattern and they can review scary books for just general fiction or non-fiction.  This was a big hit with my 5th and 6th graders when I was a school librarian.