How to Write a Book Report

Updated on June 23, 2018

A book reports is a written document giving the key information about a document that one has read. As such, it can be a very fascinating task to write one. It gives you a chance to read a new a document and then tell those who have probably not read it what you thought about it. A book report consists of several steps.

Step One

The first part of a book report is the introductory paragraph. In this section, the reader includes information about the book’s title, author, publication details and a very brief overview of the plot. Pertinent information about the author’s history or life circumstance may also be mentioned in introduction if it relates to plot or messages of the book. A not regarding a book popularity and circulation can also be added into the introduction to provide a more robust context for the story. The reader should also include a brief statement regarding their reactions to text or presence of any persistent themes.

Step Two

Writing a book report is an important part of one’s educational career: the format for book report allows students to share critical information about the book they read with their teachers or their peers. Although there is a lot of flexibility in the way this exercise is carried out, it is important for the student to show that he has understood the main ideas and themes of the book he read.

A solid format creates the framework for the book summary. It also helps you determine how much information you need to draw from the book to develop the summary. Significantly, the summary is shorter than the original work, but the exact length depends on assignment guidelines and the size of the original writing. For a book with chapters, I recommend dividing the number of chapters by the number of the pages required for the paper. If your instructor assigns a five-page summary for s book that is 15 chapters long, each page might cover about three chapters. When summarizing shorter passages, your summary should be about 1/4 to 1/3 the original length. Six to eight paragraphs should sufficiently cover a 24-paragraphs article, for example.

Importance of the Book Report

Book reports are an important exercise in which students offer a review, summary, or commentary about a book that they have read. Writing book reports allows and encourages students to think more critically about the materials, literature, and navel they read. For students to do, to succeed in writing good reports and therefore get good mark it is important to learn how to summarize, review and share information about book.

Writing a book reports can be easier if you think about a format for writing. Most often, student, students are faced with the important problem of organization of the information they read. For instance, which information should come first and which one should go there, what information is important, which one is not, how should I organize my report so that it is easy to read and I get a great grade.

Start your report by mentioning the title of the book and the author, add other important information about the book in the introductory paragraph, including the date of publication, discuss the themes of the book and include one or two sentences as the summary of the book, include subsequent paragraphs that describe the characters, the purpose of the book, and give a summary of the plot.

You can also, trace a character’s experience throughout the book, analyze a certain motive of the book and contrast or compare one character’s experience with that of another.

Make sure you clearly describe these elements in an organized way: separate the information, use lots of detail and descriptive language to describe your main points and be sure to use to lots of topic sentences and closing sentences for each paragraph so that your reader understands your main points. More information you could include such as information about how you chose the book: have you read books by this author before? Is it a genre that you like? Was it a gift, a recommendation from a friend, or an assignment for all students in class, sometimes librarians recommend certain books based on the kinds of the books you like? Citations for specific pages in the book. It is really up to your teacher’s needs to ask, if they are expecting you to use a certain format for citations. A personal reflection on the book. Can you draw any compression between characters in the book and yourself, or someone in your own life? Does the plot remind you of something that has happened to you, or a story you recently heard about in the news, where any of the themes of the book especially touching or motivating.

Although these are not expected or even wanted by some teachers and professors, it is an important skill to learn how to connect with books and make reading a very personalized for you.

Specific Writing Instructions

Because there is no one way to write a book report, if you are not constrained by regulations set by your teacher or professor, allow yourself to be creative while writing your report. Make sure you know any important directions from your teacher for the format for writing your report before you begin the task. No matter what type you decide to write, there are a few basic elements you need to include in order to convey why the book you read was interesting. Always include the following elements in you report.

The type of book report you are writing, the title of the book. The author of the book, the time when the story takes place, the location where the story takes place, the names and a brief description of each of the characters you will be discussing, many quotations and examples from the book to support your opinions.

Describe with as much details as possible the place where the story takes place. In a city, a village, on a farm, or else? Is the place a made-up place or somewhere in outer space?

Who is or are the characters? Does the story have just one main character does the story has many characters? When you write about the characters, include their names and what they look like.

What is the book about? This has something to do with what the characters do. Are they trying to solve a problem? Are they engaged in an adventure, describe what happens in the beginning, the middle and the end of the book?

After you finished reading the book what, did you like it? Let people know a little bit about your impression. Whether you like it or not and why? If you happy, sad, excited and if you would recommend your friends to read this book. When you have finished writing the report, read it over carefully to make sure everything is spelled correctly. You can ask a friend to have a look so as to help correct spelling errors or mistakes.

Writing a plot summary for the book report is not to simply retell the story. You need to explain your opinion about the story and why you feel the plot is so compelling or unrealistic or sappy. The quality of your report depends on the way you analyze the plot. Make sure you use plenty of appropriate examples from the book to support your opinions. Try starting the report with a good sentence. If you choose to write a character analysis, you can explode the physical and personality traits of different characters and the way their actions affect the whole plot of the book.

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