Book reports do not have to be a boring experience for you to grade. Let your students show their understanding of the novel through a video book report. The students can convey their understanding of the mood and tone of a story by including music to the video. My students have been creating this type of book report for a couple of years now, and I must say, they LOVE it. It is no longer a chore for the students to write a book report. By allowing the students to create video book reports, I am able to address and assess more state standards. For that very reason, I give the students more time to work on the book reports. Instead of having students write about what happened in the story in a single class period, I can give them a week or more to look for pictures that they feel represent scenes or characters. The students can also can also show metaphors or similes through the pictures that they choose. Not only are these types of book reports more interesting for the students to create, they are by far more interesting to grade. If you are wondering how to do this, check out the videos I have in the student project section of this site. You will see what students are capable of. Each video is student created, and each video shows how even a book report can be differentiated. Students will all of a sudden become proud to show off their book report.