Although I love to read, I have never liked writing book reports. If you’ve been assigned one, try these tips for writing a good book report.
Tip #1: Read the book. Don’t try to fudge by reading only the book jacket and summary on the web. If your assigned book is dull, read it out loud, or have your parent read parts of it to you. Start on the assignment early so that you have plenty of time to finish the book and write, revise, and proofread your book report.
Tip #2: List the characters. Write down your impressions of them. Be sure to pay attention to the point of view of the story. Is the story narrated from the point of view of one of the characters? Is it told by an all-knowing narrator?
Tip #3: Set the scene. As the author describes the places where the story is set, make notes and think about why the author chooses certain settings.
Tip #4: Summarize each chapter as you read. Keep track of the key events of each chapter. Keep it short.
Tip #5: Review the format for the book report supplied by your teacher. Make certain that your report is written in the correct format. Plan your work so that you can show your teacher a rough draft before the book report is due and get some advice on ways to improve your report.
Tip #6: Put it all together. Once you have your notes completed, you are ready to write the book report. Book report formats vary, but many include a summary, the main characters, the setting and an evaluation of the book.
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