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Book Report: Non-Fiction

Book Report Outline: NON-FICTION


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 online scoring guide for grading standards.


Book reports for Non-Fiction: (Real Adventure, Autobiography, History, How-To, Essay, Biography, Diaries, Manuals, 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       What was the author’s purpose in writing this book? Did the author succeed in his or her goal when writing this book?

Part III

q       What was the main subject of this book? 

q       What was the most interesting part of this book for you?  Why?

q       Identify and explain three things you learned from reading this book (150 words minimum total):

ü        __________________________________________________________

ü        __________________________________________________________

ü        __________________________________________________________


Part IV

q       Explain any themes and/or morals of the story, and any lessons that the individuals involved, or authors offered and 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 FINAL DRAFT, which is due _______________________________




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