Book Report Ideas and Sample Forms
- The setting—where does the story take place? Is it a real place
or an imaginary one? If the author does not tell you exactly where the story is set, what can you tell about it from
the way it is described?
- The time period—is the story set in the present day or in an
earlier time period? Perhaps it is even set in the future! Let your reader know.
- The main character(s)—who is the story mostly about? Give a
brief description. Often, one character can be singled out as the main character, but some books will have more than one.
- The plot—what happens to the main character? WARNING! Be careful
here. Do not fall into the boring trap of reporting every single thing that happens in the story. Pick only the most important
events. Here are some hints on how to do that. First, explain the situation of the main character as the story opens. Next,
identify the basic plot element of the story--is the main character trying to achieve something or overcome a particular problem?
Thirdly, describe a few of the more important things that happen to the main character as he/she works toward that goal or
solution. Finally, you might hint at the story's conclusion without completely giving away the ending.
Book Report Outline
Book Report Form
Sample PowerPoint Book Report
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