In my classroom library, I have rings that hold book jackets that were created by sixth graders. They choose the book that they most enjoyed reading throughout the year and redesign its book jacket. I do this at the end of the year, so I choose my favorites. I have quite a collection as I have done this a few times and on average, I have about 100 sixth graders each year.
We start by analyzing current book jackets. I put a pile of books out for each table group and they brainstorm a list of things that they have in common. I ask them to note what they look like and important elements that they all have. Then, we make a master list to use as a rubric. Usually it includes things like
- a bold title
- author name
- quotes and reviews by authors or publications
- great use of graphics and colors (no white space)
My sixth graders this last year were awesome. I could brag about them for paragraphs. Each and every one of them was and is wonderful. I have so many awesome book jackets this year, I didn't know how to only share a few, but here they are:
A great way to get kids interested in literature because it isn't coming from you, but from their peers.