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Bag It

Cynthia Youngblood
Santa Rosa District Schools


Using a paper bag or a gift bag, students create a book report providing information on the elements of the book.


The student identifies the author's purpose and/or point of view in a variety of texts and uses the information to construct meaning.

The student speaks for various occasions, audiences, and purposes, including conversations, discussions, projects, and informational, persuasive, or technical presentations.


-A book of choice
-A paper bag or gift bag
-Magazine pictures
-Articles of studentís choice


1. Teacher should schedule time in the media center so that students can select a book.
2. Teacher should make and share a model bag book report.
3. Teacher should gather supplies and materials.
4. Download and copy assessment file.


1. Students select and read a book of choice. Students are given two weeks to read the book outside of class.

2. Teacher gives the book report assignment. Using a paper bag or a gift bag, students are to create a book report providing information on the elements of the book, such as the title, author, copyright date, publisher, characters, plot, setting, conflicts, etc. ( Example: On the front of the bag, students should give title, author, copyright date, publisher, and an illustration of the book. On the left side of the bag, student provides the setting. On the right side, student provides the theme. On the bottom, students state conflicts, such as man vs. man, man vs. himself, man vs. nature, or man vs. society. On the inside of bag, students insert three to five tangible items that represent significant characters or events from the book.) Students share their bags, telling about their chosen books, and will be graded on the following: addresses a specific audience, identifies purpose, uses appropriate grammar and word choice, and uses clear, audible language.

3. Teacher shares his or her model of bag report.

4. Teacher tells the students to bring materials and supplies to class on class workday.
(Teacher can also provide some of the materials and supplies.)

5. For one class period, students work on paper bag reports.

6. The day after bag construction, students share book reports, telling about the items on and inside of the bag.

7. Teacher collects and evaluates bag reports. (See attached file.)


See attached file.


Students could do this creative project illustrating a play or short story.

Students could do this creative project using a small box.

Attached Files

Bag Book Report Evaluation Form     File Extension: pdf

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