The ideas presented below are part of a poster session I will be presenting at at the International Literacy Association (ILA) in St. Louis, MI July 17-21, 2015. I always want to encourage my students to read and love reading. At the same time, I am trying out different ways to assess student reading and understanding of a text without a test, essay, or book report. Here are a dozen alternative book assessments that I have used with my own middle school ELA students.
1. Twitter Chats & Cyber Book Clubs- Students hold book discussions on Twitter.
2. Video Trailers – Students create a video trailer about the book and to promote the book to their peers using iMovie.
4. White Board Animation Video – Summarize the book in a creative and visual way.
5. Blog Post Review or Discussion Guide – Students write a review or create a discussion guide and post on a class blog.
6. Instagram Scrapbook – Students create a digital scrapbook of the key events and ideas expressed in the text.
8. Storyboard That – Use animation or storyboard platforms for students to recreate the key elements of the text.
9. Lego Movies – Students can design and film lego versions in key scenes from the text.
10. Prezi Teachers Guide or Lessons – Students can use Prezi or any presentation tool to create a teacher’s guide and design a lesson to teach from the text.
12. QR Code Key Quotes – Students can design a QR Code Scavenger Hunt throughout the book of key quotes or scenes that support the theme of the text.