Book reports have always been a fun and more in depth way to be sure that a student comprehends what they read. As an educator, I value the concept and encouraged students to complete these projects in new and clever ways.
Recently, “The Nag” was asked to read a book of his choice and complete a book report. He was able to depict his understanding in any way that he wanted. Since he’s not keen on writing (neither of my boys are), he wanted to use his artistic ability to tell about his book. He chose to do a t-shirt book report.
“The Nag” read Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion. I LOVED this book when I was younger! If you haven’t read it yet, it’s a classic! It’s about a dog, Harry, who doesn’t like to take baths. He runs from his family and gets himself into all kinds of trouble along the way. “The Nag” found it hilarious and that’s why he chose it for his “report.”
He picked a part in the book when Harry is doing a flip for his family who didn’t recognize him to show that it’s really him.
Using the book, we (mostly me) drew the dog onto the t-shirt using a pencil. Then, “The Nag” used fabric markers to trace the drawing and then he added his own details to make it look like the picture in the book. To write the title of the book on the shirt, I ironed on letters.
“The Nag” then presented to the class wearing his report and explaining the plot, characters, and his favorite part of the book.