Beyond the Book Report - Season 1

$ 24.95

Loose leaf and DVD

Beyond the Book Report is our new middle school language arts curriculum.  Middle school is a special time.  Middle school kids are not just short high schoolers or tall elementary students.  This is the time to cover all those skills and knowledge items and get your student prepared for high school literature and writing.  BBR can be used for everyone in your immediate family.

Beyond the Book Report is designed to pair with Analytical Grammar to provide a seamless, full-coverage, meaty, productful middle school language arts course that doesn't take up your whole day.  By using AG and BBR together (just add the vocab of your choice!), you can teach middle school language arts in about an hour a day. 

BBR is broken up into three seasons.  The first and second are available now.  The third season will be ready by March 2014.  A three-year plan is appropriate for 6th or 7th graders.  If you have an 8th grader, we recommend a two-year schedule. 

What you will receive when you purchase BBR is a teacher packet with examples and reference material and a DVD which will contain the video instructions, video lectures, and PDF rubrics, activities, and assignments.  You'll simply watch the videos and print out everything you need to teach subustantive units on literary terms and analysis, newspaper writing, poetry, drama, public speaking, essays and research papers. 

SEASON ONE includes three different sections:

The Basic Book Report
- Concepts introduced:
    Following a rubric
    Conflict, Point of View, Climax, Protagonist,Antagonist
    Paraphrase and summary
- Activity:
    Watch video lecture on literary terms
- Final Product (100 pt total):
    Reading Log
    Plot summary
    Paraphrase of favorite scene
    Study questions or crossword
    Literary Terms worksheet

The Pamphlet Book Report
- Concepts introduced:
    Elements of the plot, mood and tone, setting, genre
- Activity:
    Watch second video    lecture on literary terms
- Final Product (100 pt total):
    Reading log
    Pamphlet about the book (60 pts)
    Study questions or      crossword

The News Article Book Report
- Concepts introduced:
    Headline, byline, dateline, inverted pyramid, lead
    Objectivity, bias, objective point of view
- Activity:
    Watch video lecture on news writing
    Nursery rhyme news 
    Exercise in bias detection
- Final Product (100 pt total):
    Reading log
    News article on favorite scene
    Opposite bias news article, same scene
    Study questions/crossword

SEASON TWO has two sections:

The Poetry Book Report
- Concepts introduced:
    Figures of speech: alliteration, metaphor,hyperbole, simile, personification, etc. 
    Terms:  stanza, rhyme scheme, verse, etc.
    Types: sonnet, haiku, limerick, etc. 
- Activity:
    Watch video lecture on poetry 
    Watch video lecture on scansion and practice
    Limerick activity
    Poetic devices activity and log
- Final Product (100 pt total):
    Write four types of poetry based on your book

The Drama Book Report
- Concepts introduced:
    Terms: dialogue, monologue, cast, props, staging, aside, blocking, etc.
    Genres: comedy, drama, farce, melodrama
- Activity:
    Watch video lecture on drama and Shakespeare
    Study A Midsummer Night’s Dream with     lecture support
    AMND paraphrase/readers’ theater activity
- Final Product (100 pt total):
    Dramatization of favorite scene (80 pt)
    Literary Terms worksheet
 

SEASON THREE is the longest season.  There are three sections.  The essay and research paper sections will take our existing Teaching the Essay and Teaching the Research Paper units, expand them, and add a video lecture component. 

The Oral Book Report
- Concepts introduced:
    The DOs and DON’Ts of giving an oral presentation with slides   
- Activity:
    Watch video lecture on PowerPoint presentations
    Find the errors in Mrs. Karl’s presentation! 
- Final Product (100 pt total):
    Reading Log
    PowerPoint presentation of book (40 pt)
    Plot summary
    Study questions or crossword

The Essay
- Concepts introduced:
    Personal, literary, and “issues” (SAT) essays
- Activity:
    Expanded version of our “Teaching the Essay” unit including new video     lectures
    A series of essays on short stories
- Final Product (100 pt total):
    Essay on your book

The Research Paper
- Concepts introduced:
    How to write a research paper
    Each step is broken down
- Activity:
    Expanded version of our “Teaching the Research Paper” unit including video lectures
    Students write a research paper on a famous author
- Final Product (100 pt total):
    Research paper on the book, defending a thesis

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