Nothing can shut down the joy of reading faster than telling a student that you expect a book report to be completed after the book has been read. So, don’t call it a book report but a book review and promise to post it somewhere on the web such as Amazon, on a blog, or elsewhere on the internet. My children’s writing skills suddenly came alive when I made it clear that I would post their work for others to see.

Here is a great internet resource for writing a book review by Scholastic: Write A Book Review with Rodman Philbrick