// January 14th, 2010 // 3 Comments » // Book reports
Students familiar with writing the various types of expository essays and persuasive essays are ready to compose book reports. Instruction for writing book reports follows the same process used for writing essays.
The Book report requires students to state a reaction to, or opinion of, a book they have read, and support it with particulars and details. We use a traditional essay form starting with an introductory (information) paragraph, supporting paragraphs (the body), and a concluding (opinion) paragraph. The four main parts of a book are identified and discussed: the story plot, the characters, the setting, and the theme.
Basic Book Report Outline
Introductory Paragraph (Information)
A. Book Title and Author:
1. Genre: What type of story is this? Fiction (not true) or nonaction (true)
2. Setting: Where does the story take place? When?
3. Main Characters: Who are they? Does anyone change (from bad to good, etc.) In the story? Who does the “right” thing?
a. Character 1: Who/what it the most Important character?
b. Character 2: What is this character’s role in the story?
c. Character 3: What is this character’s role in the story?
B. Subject: What is the story about? General statement.
Body Paragraph (Story Plot)
A. Problem: Element/problem around which action is centered.
1. Characters Involved: Who is involved In the problem? How/why?
2. Main Conflict: What problem needs to be solved?
3. Difficulty: What/who gets In the way of solving the problem?
B. Solution: How is the conflict solved? Concluding Paragraph (Opinion)
A. Your Opinion of the Book: Did you like/dislike the story. Why/why not?
1. Interesting Characters? Did you like/dislike the characters?
2. Believable? Any surprises?
3. Your Taste? Like this genre?
B. Recommend to a Friend? Clincher sentence. Who else might like this story?