Book Summary Outline (NEVER write: “I will talk about…, I have told you about…, This essay is about…”) Paragraphs = 6 – 8 sentences. Do not write in first person! I. Introduction A. THEME sentence (moral or message) B. Main Idea 1: (setting and characters) The book, __________, by (author), takes place in ____(setting)___. The main characters are ________________. (BRIEFLY mention names, ages, etc) C. Main Idea 2: (plot) The characters are trying to ………..(exposition) D. Main Idea 3: (theme) By the end of the story the characters learned _________________ (something to do with your theme sentence) E. Thesis sentence (combination of theme and topic) F. Transition sentence (if appropriate) II. Setting and Plot (Re-tell 3 – 5 main events in the story) A. The story is set in _______________(describe time and place). B. C. D. E. III. CHARACTERIZATION: DESCRIPTIVE! Personality, habits, moods, internal conflict, etc. How do these characters “control” the story? The character, ____________, is….(FOCUS on characterization – personality, motivation, internal conflicts, how or why they handled the main conflict or problem) IV. Theme (Explain how the characters accomplished or learned the theme (main idea) of the story. How did they learn the moral of the story? This should explain your thesis sentence. A. B. C. D. E. V. Conclusion – Briefly give your opinion of the book without using “I!” How does this theme apply to our lives in our society?
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