Mrs. Leserman's Book Report Essentials

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Fiction Book Report

Directions:  Write a book report using the following outline.  Your book report should be at least 400 words (a little less than two pages typewritten minimum), and discuss each of the items in this outline. Each Roman numeraled “part” can be a full paragraph or more.   See the rubric on the other side of this sheet for grading standards.


Book reports for Fiction: (Novels, Fantasy, Plays, Romance, Drama, Legends, Horror Stories, Etc.)

Part I: (at least 100 words)

q       Title, correctly cited

q       Author

q       Genre of book

q       Number of pages

q       Number of words, approximately

q       Amount of time it took you to read

q       Author’s biography

q       If this is one in a series of books by this author

q       Any unique feature of this book (e.g. pop-up pictures, beautiful illustrations, etc.)


Part II (at least 50 words)

q       Primary protagonist in the story (the main character)

q       Main antagonists (opposes the protagonist; list, describe, and explain if there is more than one)

q       Any other important characters

q       The setting of the story, in as much detail as possible

q       The time or era of the story

q       The point of view from which the story is told (A narrator?  The protagonist?)


Part III

q       Give a synopsis/summary of the plot (retell it briefly, about 100 words)


Part IV

q       Explain the themes and/or morals of the story, and any lessons that the characters learned about themselves and others (at least 50 words).


Part V

q       Give your personal evaluation/opinion of this book.  What did you think of this book?  Would you recommend it to others?  Why or why not?  What made you pick it up in the first place?  Are you glad that you read it?  Do you wish that you had read something else?  Would you recommend it to a friend?  What about it really grabbed you … or made you wish you could use it as a doorstop or coaster, instead?  Give it a rating on a scale of one to five, one being worst, and five being best. (At least 50 words)


q       Complete a ROUGH DRAFT


q       Submit only a beautiful FINAL DRAFT, which is due _________________________

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