Sunday, May 17, 2009

Middle School Freebie

As I am contemplating adding some rigor to our curriculm, I have been searching for notebook starter pages w/writing prompts for use for writing outlines, page summaries and book reports. There are a lot of forms out there - a google search for "middle school book reports" turned up dozens of options. I want to share this one with you. It is from the Francis Scott Key Technology Magnet School in Maryland. This particular site hosts a tool, not a form. It is a report generator. The student fills in answers to a simple set of question prompts. When finished, the program will print a nicely laid out, simple book report. The student can also save their work to a file on their hard drive so that they have it for future reference. I would love to see this tool improved so that the prompts would not appear on the printout, but other than that it is a great tool for encouraging your homeschool student to document his/her reading. It is a very simple report, so be sure to move them along in difficulty as their middle school years progress.

I have also just found another homeschool blog, Walls of Books that has a good reading list on it. I look forward to delving deeper into this one!

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