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 protagonist.) 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 not. 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 selections), 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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