As I said in my last post, the Common Core curriculum requires that teachers put a larger emphasis on nonfiction reading materials. I’m willing to guess that your school’s library probably has a number of books on social issues, like:
- drug addiction
There are many more. For a more comprehensive list and a link to various Wikipedia pages on these topics, click here please.
Our school’s librarian once told me that these books almost never get checked out, yet they’re often well-written books, with lots of colorful graphics, interesting cover art, and of course, profoundly helpful information for teens and pre-teens.
I think one of the reasons why teachers stay away from these books is because they don’t know how to assign book reports on these serious topics, and each topic is so unique, that a basic book report form may not ask all the right questions.
Well I’ve designed a book report form that does ask all the right questions. Download my Social Issues Book Report Form and fear the social-issues-book-report no more!
If you like this and the other free handouts and graphic organizers that I’ve posted here, please help get the word out about this useful website for English/language arts/ELL/ESL teachers. Like my site on Facebook, link to it from your school’s website, send an e-mail about it to a colleague, etc. Thank you!