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Monday, January 6, 2014

Non-Fiction Newspaper or Magazine "Book" Report

Before break, my students turned in their latest independent book report.  This was a different kind of book report, though.  They have done plenty of non-fiction book reports, so I wanted to shake things up a bit.  I created a Non-Fiction "book" report for the students in which they had to find a newspaper or magazine and pull out text features and respond to several prompts.  Heres is the assignment as they received it.

The assignments were strongly based off of Common Core Standards, and I had taught all of these different skills before they did the assignment.  The students enjoyed this assignment because they got to choose the magazine (they ALL did magazines!) they worked through, so it was very high interest.  It was authentic and meaningful.  Here are some pictures of the finished products.  I have provided a free download to an editable version and to my original version.  I hope your students will love it, too!

My students did the assignment at home, but you could easily have them complete this in class as well.

Each student turned in their magazine along with their assignments.

Students had several assignments to complete using different articles within their magazine.  This assignment required students to select character traits based on a person mentioned in an article.  

Several students chose to use Post It flags to label each of the required text features.  This definitely made my job easy! 

Here are the documents, if you can use them!

Editable Document
PDF (Keeps fonts and formatting in tact)


  1. I really like this project. I need to encourage my kiddos to do a similar one. Thank you for sharing your google document.

  2. Looks like a great idea! How did you grade this assignment? Did you create a rubric or just give an overall grade?

  3. I like this! It can be differentiated as each student requires but still covering same skills.

  4. Love this! Thanks for sharing an editable version...want to have my 3rd graders do this...but I will change a few of the requirements!

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  6. This looks AWESOME!!! What a great idea, I cannot wait to try it in my classroom.

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  8. This is FANTASTIC! Very creative and I can't wait to use it. Thanks for sharing this resource for free =)

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