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5th-grade Lesson Plans


Lesson Title: Would You Recommend This Book?

Created and Submitted by: Martha E. Villarreal, Librarian

School Name: Col. Santos Benavides Elementary School

District: United Independent School District

Roles: School Librarian


Grade Level:  5th Grade        


Lesson Plan Objectives:

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

1. Write and illustrate an effective Book Review.

2. Synthesize from material read and understand the importance of using their “own words” when doing this. Students respect copyright/intellectual property rights of author.

3. Create and present their book reviews to the class using PowerPoint or Prezi. (For extension)


ELA-R TEKS (ONE only):

§110.16.b (9) Reading/Comprehension of Text/Independent Reading, Grade 5

Students read independently for sustained periods of time and produce evidence of their reading. Students are expected to read independently for a sustained period of time and summarize or paraphrase what the reading was about, maintaining meaning and logical order (e.g., generate a reading log or journal; participate in book talks).


Other Content Area(s) Addressed: Technology Applications

§126.7. b. (2) Communication and collaboration, Grades 3-5

The student collaborates and communicates both locally and globally using digital tools and resources to reinforce and promote learning. The student is expected to: (A) draft, edit, and publish products in different media individually and collaboratively. (For extension)


Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Indicators:

1.1.6 Read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (e.g., textual, visual, media, digital) in order to make inferences and gather meaning.

1.3.1 Respect copyright/ intellectual property rights of creators and producers.

2.1.6 Use the writing process, media and visual literacy, and technology skills to create products that express new understandings.


Classroom Teacher – School Librarian(s) Collaboration:

  • Librarian provides teacher with enough copies of the novel The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson for all students to read.
  • Librarian designs a Book Review Template for students to use.
  • Librarian supplies relevant websites for student use. (See resources.)
  • Educators model how to complete the Book Review Template and lead a discussion on the importance of using one’s own words and not plagiarizing.
  • Librarian and teacher assess student products.


Measurable Outcome or Final Product: The students will learn how to compose a book review producing evidence of the material they read.

The students will create a presentation, in groups, to present to the class. Students present their points of view. (For extension)


Assessment Tool(s): Book Review Template and Checklist




Estimated Lesson Time: 45 minutes


Instructional Plan Outline



  • Librarian provides teacher with print copies of The Best School Year Ever Barbara Robinson for all students to read.
  • Teacher provides time for students to read assigned novel independently.
  • This lesson commences once all students have read the assigned book.
  • Librarian and teacher distribute the Book Review Template and direct students to the review writing tips located at: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/swyar/write.asp. Additionally, when writing their reviews, students are to use “Power Words” previously introduced in the classroom.



         1. Librarian and teacher introduce reviews written "for kids by kids" through Spaghetti Book Club and Slime Kids websites.

          2. Using think-pair-share, students discuss purpose and benefits of book reviews.

          3. Educators call on students to check for understanding using round robin method.

          4. Educators point out that book reviews are like movie reviews in that others will have the opportunity to read them and decide if this is something they           would enjoy reading.

          5. Students play the roles of book critics.

          6. Let students know librarian will submit their reviews to Scholastic for possible Web publication using the following link.            http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/swyar/write.asp



        7. Educators discuss how the setting, characters, and plot are important and how these come to play when reviewing a book.
         8. Distribute the Book Review Template and introduce the Scholastic website. http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/bookrev/index.htm
         9. Educators facilitate a discussion on the importance of intellectual property rights of the author.
         10.  Using think-alouds, the educators model the key elements to include in the book review including the use of illustrations.
         11.  Using round robin, students take turns reading the online books reviews and discuss ideas as they think-pair-share.


Guided Practice

12.  Educators monitor as students begin to write their reviews on the Book Review Template.

13.  Educators review key elements to include in the book review, with Tier 1 and Tier 2 students.

14.  Educators monitor student progress to ensure students are following directions and comply with the learning objectives.



15.  Educators check for understanding and conduct reflection by asking students (round robin) why they think writing a book review is important? What are the key elements in a book review? Why should an illustration be included, if at all?

16.  Students reflect on the benefits of having their reviews displayed in the library for other students to read.

17.  Librarian submits reviews to Scholastic for possible online publication, or librarian publishes book reviews on the Web.



18.  Educators review the completed Book Reviews and teacher provides grade earned.

19.  Educators decide if a re-teach or review is warranted.



20.  In groups of two or three, students create a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation on one of their book reviews; they draft and edit before presenting to the class.

21.  Students review two more books of their choosing and document their critiques using the Book Review Template.

22.  Using Little Bird Tales, students and educators create a digital copy of their book reviews making them available to the learning community and for use in the library or classrooms.  


Lesson Plan Resources


Lesson Plan (.pdf)

Book Review Template (.doc)

Book Review Evaluation Checklist (.doc)


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