Historical Fiction Book Report Outline

  • Mr. Vetrano

    Social Studies Book Report Format

    Thesis idea:  This book is unique=DO NOT USE THE WORD “UNIQUE’ ANYWHERE IN THE REPORT.  USE YOUR THEASAURUS TO FIND A BETER WORD.

    Paragraph Order: 

    1. Introduction

    2. Setting

    3. Characters

    4. Plot

    5. Plot Resolution

    6. Conclusion

    Paragraph Description:

    1.  The introduction contains the thesis idea. Last sentence in the introduction.

    2. The setting describes the time period and location

    3. The section on characters mentions minor groups of characters but names and describes the major ones.

    4. The plot explains what the major character attempts to do:

    To discover            to overcome       to adapt         to learn         to find

    To become             to mature           to solve           to conquer

    1. The plot resolution –   How are the final problems solved?  How does everything work out?  What is the final attitude of the main characters?

    2. The Conclusion - an evaluation of the book as a literary work.  What was the author’s purpose?  Does the book teach a lesson or moral (Central idea).  Are the characters role models?  Explain?  Why was it recommended?

     

     

    Introduction:                                                                                 

    1. Arouse the reader’s interest with an attention grabbing question.

      Example:  How would you feel if a tornado suddenly lifted you away to a new land?

    2. Name the character(s) in such a situation.  Name the book title and author.

      Example:  Such an adventure happened to Dorothy in the book, The Wizard of Oz, by Frank Baum

    3. Present the thesis sentence; why the book is unique:  Although there have been similar books, this book is unique because who? Does what? And where?

    Example:  Although there have been other children’s adventure stories, this one is different because Dorothy helps the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Lion find the qualities they seek while traveling with her in the land of Oz.