Book Report Format by abstraks


									                                          Book Report Format
                                               Ms. Baker

  Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
                     -Joseph Addison
         Reading is a crucial skill. We read for pleasure, to learn, to follow directions, to communicate, to entertain
children, and to experience a world apart from our own. Becoming and being a good reader is pivotal to being successful in
life. Good readers do well on tests, spend less time studying, write well, have extensive vocabularies, and can live without
television in their lives.
         There is extensive research on the benefits of free voluntary reading. According to Anderson, Wilson, and
Fielding (1988) in a report published in Reading Research Quarterly, children performed dramatically higher on reading
based tests in direct proportion to the amount of time they spent reading each day. Students in the 98th percentile
averaged 67.3 minutes of reading per day, while students in the 50th percentile averaged 9.2 minutes of reading per day.
         Krashen (1984) found that better freshman writers reported more free reading as children, as teenagers, and
were currently engaged in more reading. Applebee (1978) reported that high school students who wrote outstanding essays
(ones that won prizes) were pleasure readers who reported reading 14+ books over the summer. Mullis, Campbell and
Farstrup (1993) confirmed that students who reported reading more frequently for fun on their own time had higher
average reading proficiency that those who reported reading less frequently. There are many other studies that support
these results and rule out any other confounding variables.
         Reading is a developed skill. We wouldn’t expect people to become better singers, football players, or long-distance
runners without practice. Therefore, we must practice reading daily in order to increase reading speed and comprehension.
The great part about reading daily is that as you become a more skillful reader, you will start to enjoy reading more, which
in turn will lead to more reading.
         I do not believe in mindless homework assignments, but I do believe in daily reading. You will have an outside
reading book and will be required to read the following number of pages during the quarter.

                                           CP/Honors Classes
                          For   100%:      44   pages   a   week=   350   pages   in   8   weeks
                          For   90%:       39   pages   a   week=   315   pages   in   8   weeks
                          For   80%:       35   pages   a   week=   280   pages   in   8   weeks
                          For   70%:       31   pages   a   week=   245   pages   in   8   weeks
                          For   60%:       26   pages   a   week=   210   pages   in   8   weeks

         As you can see, there is no requirement to finish a book, nor is there a limit to how many books you may read. You
may pick a long book without the fear of having to finish it in order to give a book report. Keep in mind progress checks will
be conducted throughout the quarter, via teacher observation and in-class questioning, to ensure satisfactory progress is
being made.
         Throughout the year you will have the opportunity to share your books with other class members. You will be
assigned to a “book group” (and no, it won’t be like the one Oprah has on TV!). In your book groups you will complete various
assignments related to your particular book and share them with your group members. I have done this myself and it is
actually kind of fun. Moreover, it is a great way to get interested in other books. These assignments are considered
homework and are separate from your book report grade.
           Your outside reading will be worth 100 points each quarter.
                 Failure to do a book report results in an “F.”
           Books that are not on the book list will receive no credit.

         You must complete an informal “book report” prior to the last week of the quarter, it moves quickly so be sure to
plan ahead. Here is how the process works. You can do a book report anytime we have SSR. They only take a few minutes,
but do not wait until the last minute just to squeeze in a few more pages (it is not worth it!). On the day you want to give a
book report, place the card (if applicable) in your book and place them both on my desk before the start of class.
    If you have not completed your book by the 8th week of the quarter you will give me a provisional book report (meaning
     you will be graded on what you have read so far). Just bring me your book and I will ask you a few questions.
    When you do complete your book bring the following with you to your final book report.
      Your Book!!! (You must have your book to do your book report, without it you will receive no credit)
      A 4X6 index card with the following information written in blue/ black ink. You must fit all of this information on
         one index card (front and back), so be thoughtful and succinct. Please use this outline format:
         1. Your name and the date of the report.
         2. The title of the book and author (please highlight).
         3. The date that the book was first published (found by the  symbol).
         4. Total number of pages you read.
         5. Discussion of the plot:
               a. Where does the story take place (setting)?
               b. Who is the protagonist? (The protagonist is the main character and the person whose conflict sets the
                    plot in motion.)
               c. What does the protagonist want?
               d. What gets in his/ her way (conflict & antagonist)? (Conflict refers to a struggle or clash between opposing
                    characters, forces, or emotions. An antagonist is a character or force that opposes or blocks the
               e. Does the protagonist solve his/ her problems? Is so, how?
         6. Rank the book on a scale of 1-10 and tell me why.
         7. Write 5 questions down that I could use to quiz another student on whether they have read the book or not.
               Provide the answers and the chapter and page number in which the answer was found. If the book has
               been made into a movie, and you have seen it, make sure the questions verify if the student read the book or
         8. Write your favorite quote from the book and tell me why it was your favorite. Please include the page
               number it was found on.
         9. Lastly, tell me one thing you learned from the book.

Your book report grade will primarily be determined by the amount of pages you have completed (see pg. 1). Points will be
deducted from your final book report grade if you:
   Fail to bring your assigned SSR book to class,
   Fail to log your current selection on your book card (a card you will keep in class that logs your progress and your book
   Switch books after the second week of the quarter (this does not pertain to starting a new book after the completion
    of another) or fail to complete a book you gave a provisional book report on,
   Select a book that has been made into a movie (there is an exception to this rule),
   Do not maintain satisfactory progress throughout the quarter, fail to answer questions correctly during progress
    checks, or
   Fail to answer questions correctly during a provisional or final book report. Also, turning in an incomplete index card
    during a final book report will result in a loss of points.

                                         HAPPY READING!!!

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