Lead students in a discussion of what characteristics make a book a “favorite” one for students their age. Ask students what their favorite books are. As nearly as possible, make sure that each student has a copy of his or her favorite book—from home or from a library.
Tell students that now they work for a new publishing company, The Schoolhouse Publishers. The new company wants new materials to advertise their favorite book. It is their job to create these materials. Specifically, the company wants a “blurb” about the author that is written for students their age, a new cover, and a very short summary of the book. It is their job to create it.
Students may use the Web to research material on the authors of their books if it is available.
A book for each student or small group of students.
This lesson was developed by Bette Brooks, Kent State University.