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- Book Covers -

Book covers often serve as significant aids both to encourage students to read and to help prepare them to read. This strategy is designed as a pre-reading activity to help students examine book jackets systematically. The following questions provide a framework for the students' examination.



What did you notice first about the book cover?


Look at the cover illustration. What does it imply about the plot and characters of the book?


What is written on the front cover besides the title and the author's name?


Is there anything about the lettering that makes an impression on you?


Does the book cover have a brief synopsis of the book? Does the synopsis make you want to read the book? Why or why not?


As a post reading activity, compare your initial reactions with the insights that you have gained from reading the book. How accurate is the presentation of the cover?




Brown and Stephens. Teaching Young Adult Literature: Sharing the Connection. Wadsworth, 1995.















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