Writing a Book Report

Book reports are usually given as assignments and special projects for students in Middle and High School level. A book report is a way for you to show how much you understand the book assigned to you. The book has to be deeply analyzed, from the plot to the major characters and the lessons or any symbolism that the book want to convey. This book report is simply a summary of how much you understand the book.

The book report content will vary according to the level of the students. The higher the level, the more in-depth the book report should be. This will include the interpretation of the real message of the book and the opinion of the report writer showing the impact it has in the society or in the lives of people if there is any.

The introduction of your book report is very important because this is where you have to make a good first impression and you have to catch the attention of the reader. This part of the book report should include a little summary about the genre and theme of the book and bits of information about the author. You can also include a hint of what you think about the book. This is a good introduction format for your book report.

Now we move to the body of the book report. This part of the report will contain the bulk of your interpretation of the book. For your guide on how to write a good body of the book report, here are some questions you can ask yourself.

  • Ask yourself if you enjoyed reading the book. Was it fun to read?
  • Talk about the main parts of the story, the main characters of the book and the conflicts and events in the book. Mention all the things in the book that you think should be highlighted and be given attention.
  • Discuss the climax and the ending of the book like you are summarizing the most important part of the book.
  • Discuss the overall tone and mood of the story.

The second part of the body of your book report is the analysis and evaluation of the book. This is where you should give your own personal interpretation about the plot, characters, theme and the tone of the book. Remember that your opinions should always be backed up by proofs or examples found in the book. This can also be sort of your review of the book. Discuss what you like and dislike about the book. Its strength and weaknesses. Your overall critique and if you would recommend this to other people.

The last part is the Conclusion of the book report. This part is just reinforcing your interpretation and stand regarding the book. You may put in some impressions that you left out on the earlier parts or just emphasize what you want your readers to know about this book.

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