Newbery Book Report due September 30
Each year, The American Library Association awards the “Newbery Medal” and “Newbery Honors” to the outstanding children’s books published during the previous year. These medals have been presented each year since 1921. The medal was named in honor of eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery.
Read a Newbery Award winning book.
You will report on it, by making a “Box It” book report! Students can combine their artistic and writing abilities to evaluate literature in “Box it!” Directions follow:
Using an empty cereal box as a form, students cover each of the sides in the following ways. Be sure to leave the slit and tab at the top of the box operational. Students need to be able to open the box.
FRONT: *Draw and Color an original illustration to cover the front of the cereal box. Do NOT use the same picture that is on the book cover. Pictures printed from the computer are NOT allowed.
*Include on this section:
-title of the book
BACK: * Paper cover the back of the box.
* Neatly write a plot summary and attach it to the back of the cereal box.
SIDES: * Paper-cover both narrow sides.
* On one of the sides, list the “Ingredients” (characters) in the story. Write a sentence describing each character. There must be at least 3 characters listed.
* On the other narrow side, describe the setting (time and place) of the story. Write at least one sentence describing the time. Write at least one sentence describing the place.
INSIDE THE BOX: * Place a “prize” inside the box. The prize should be something that relates to the story. You will get the item back.
* On an index card or piece of paper, write a brief paragraph explaining how the prize relates to the book.
Your book report will be graded using the rubric on the following page.
Enjoy reading some GREAT literature.
Newbery “Box-It” Book Report Grading Rubric
Front of Box (illustration)
Title of the Book--1 point
Author of the Book--1 point
Original picture illustrating scene from book--4 points
Picture colored neatly using crayons, colored pencils, or markers-1 points
Student’s Name - 1 point
Back of Box (Summary):
Summary of book-8 points
Side A (Characters)
Sentence describing character #1---1 point
Sentence describing character #2---1 point
Sentence describing character #3---1 point
Side B (Setting):
Time story takes place written in a complete sentence--1 point
Place story takes place written in a complete sentence--1 point
Inside Box (Prize):
Prize related to book--2 points
Brief paragraph explaining prize--2 points
0-2 mistakes--earn 4 points 3-4 mistakes--earn 3 points
5-6 mistakes--earn 2 points 7-8 mistakes--earn 1 point
Handwriting (neatly done)--2 points
(May be done with word processing.)
Rough Draft turned in--2 points
Rough Draft has been edited and proofread--1 point
Book Report Turned in on Time:
Turned in on time--1 point
Turned in late--0 points
Total Points Earned