Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Book Report, and supports the standard of referring to details and examples when explaining what the text says explicitly, and when drawing inferences. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.


Prompt students to think about a book they’ve read. Ask:

  • What information is important to include in telling someone about the book? 


  • Read the description on the Book Report topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Assign Related Reading. Have students read one of the following articles: “In Practice” or “Way Back When.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Assign Book Report Challenge and Quiz, prompting students to apply essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.


Students express what they learned about book reports while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs and/or interests.

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a movie preview for a book you’ve read. Include the same information you’d put in a book report: title, author, genre, plot summary, theme, setting, and characters. 
  • Make-a-Map: Create a concept map outlining a book report you plan to write.
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum about a book you’ve read where each artifact represents information you’d put in a book report, including plot, theme, setting, and characters. 

More to Explore

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of literary key ideas and details with these topics: Story Conflict, Characterization, Setting, Theme, and Plot.

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments