A book report is different from a book review in that it
concentrates on a summary of what the author has to say, and only marginally
comments on the reader's opinion of what the author says and how he/she says
it. It is a factual account of the book's subject matter, meant to be
descriptive rather than analytic or persuasive. A good book report is well
organized, gives a sense of the book as a whole, and includes publication
STRUCTURE OF A BOOK REPORT:
Give the name of the book you have read, the author, and the
Tell the reader how the book is organized.
Tell the reader the main thesis or argument of the book.
2. Summary of Content:
Take each section of the book and summarize the important
points in that section, and how it relates to the overall structure and
Give each section proportional weight in your summary.
For example, if the book is divided into four sections of approximately
equal length, you should devote the same amount of space in your summary for
each section. If, however, section one is twice as long as the other
three sections, you should devote more space to a discussion of this section
than the other three.
3. The Conclusion:
Tell the reader why you liked/didn't like the book,
referring to elements discussed in your introduction and summary sections.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF:
|Have I included all the important publication details of the book in my
|Have I organized my summary in a way that is easy to follow and reflects
the organization of the book?|
|Have I used headings to indicate major divisions within the book/and
within my summary?|
|Have I accurately represented the point of view of the author of the book?|
|Have I accurately represented the structure of the argument presented in
|Have I avoided inserting my opinion of the subject matter dealt with in
|Have I indicated at the end of the report whether or not I liked the book
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