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NONFICTION BOOK REPORT I E52
Title of the Story (underlined)
By Author’s Name
Main Topic of this book:
Main Character(s) **most important character(s) in the story** This character(s) should be
named and have a major importance to the story.
1 paragraph for the main character: Thoroughly describe him/her by giving
examples of physical traits, actions, and interaction with other characters. Cite at
least 1 example). Complete this paragraph by explaining why this character is
important to the story.
Setting: What’s the timeframe?
The setting is the time and place of the story. In one paragraph describe the setting of the story
which should include: In one paragraph:
Describe and identify the time and place of the story. Support your description by
providing specific examples and page numbers from the story. Cite at least one
example (minimum). The setting should include a reference to mood and how it
may evolve through the course of the story. Describe the mood and cite one
Point of View:
The person who narrates the story determines the point of view.
First Person Narrator – This narrator tells the story as she or he experienced it. When
sentences begin with an “I”, this is a clue that a character is telling the story in the first
Third Person Narration – This narrator knows what all characters are doing and
thinking. The author uses “he”, “she” or “it” to tell about the character.
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State the point of view of the story. Cite an example to support your answer
Describe the language the narrator uses.
o Does the narrator uses figurative language or symbolism to
support the story?
Type of figurative language/symbolism
Cite at least one specific example for the language and
one for symbolism. 2 cited examples total.
You will create five (5) total paragraphs to discuss the plot. Begin each paragraph with the bold
heading below. Please be thorough in each paragraph. Each paragraph should be at least five to
1. The purpose of the story is: (Paragraph 1)
The story is written to accomplish a task by the writer. The writer is either
trying to entertain, inform, explain ‘how-to’, or persuade.
Depending on what the writer is trying to accomplish the writing style can
*personal narrative *expository
This paragraph should also include an explanation why the writer chose
this writing style. Describe what the reader can gain from reading this
2. Plot the outline of events: (Paragraph 2)
In the second section use a graphic organizer (i.e-timeline, flow chart) to show the major events
that take place during the story.
These events should be examples of the message that the author is conveying to the
3. Some of the details explained were: (Paragraph 3)
Paragraph three includes explanations of the major events listed in your timeline or flowchart.
Explanation of major event 1
Explanation of major event 2
Explanation of major event 3
4. The contributing sources of information were:
Please thoroughly explain and describe how the author presented the
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information to the reader.
Did the author rely heavily upon personal accounts?
Research and facts?
A specific person?
This section should explain how the story was presented and who/what were
the main sources of information.
1. Support #1 with quotes and page # -
2. Support #2 with quotes and page # -
3. Support #3 with quotes and page # -
5. The information was structured in:
In the fifth and last paragraph please describe how the story was put together.
Explain how the author got the message to the reader using literary
devices (e.g.- flashback, foreshadowing, irony).
The purpose of this last paragraph is to show the organization of the
information. (Did the author use compare/contrast chronological order,
sequence of events, listing, cause and effect?) Cite at least 1 specific
This is where you state your opinion of the story.
Did the author hold the reader’s interest and how, or why not; Cite two examples from
the text to support your answer.
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NON FICTION BOOK REPORT CHECKLIST
_____ Letter sized white paper
_____ 12 pt font (Times New Roman)
_____ One inch margin on all sides
_____ Double Spacing (DON’T OVERSPACE)
_____ Format the Student Name and Page Number in the Header
_____ Please spell check
_____ Review your work for complete sentences and paragraphs
_____ Each paragraph should contain 4 to 8 sentences, including an introductory and
_____ CITE EXAMPLES
The main character, setting, point of view, opinion and theme sections do not require headings.
However, in the Synopsis section please provide headings for each of the five paragraphs.
Each heading should be left justified, bold and italicized.
1. Paragraph I – The purpose of the story is…
2. Paragraph II- Plot outline.
3. Paragraph III – Some of the details that were explained were…
4. Paragraph IV – The contributing sources of information were…
5. Paragraph V – The information was structured in…