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					by: Morgan Hamilton

Do you recall, way back when you're a kid, writing your first book report? It was more than
likely a cute little piece of paper and some big words scribbled on it. These were the good old
days. Back when book reports were easy and writing was simple. You p robably had no idea how
to write a book report, which of course is understandable. While those effortless days flew by
fast, soon followed some rather decidedly more challenging assignments.

Suddenly you're in high school, and everyone expects you to know what you're doing. This is the
time we really need to knuckle down and know how to write a book report. No more callow
mistakes and grammatical errors. You have to really learn and grow and leave the childish things
behind.

Can you even recall your last book report? Was it well received by her teacher, or did you get
one of those "See me after class" scribbles at the top of your paper in ominous red ink? Nobody,
and I mean nobody liked seeing that. Well, I have certainly wrestled with my fair share of book
reports in my time. In fact, I even had a more difficult time with it in college. Then the whole
book report concept is basically squelched, and the term "essay" comes into play. Oh no, not
that.

Countless professors had me write essays and papers regarding specific motifs or themes in
stories. I even recall taking quite a few essay tests for final exams. Whatever happened to
multiple choice anyway? This is when you really have to put on your thinking cap and get to
work. No more broad topics. It's all about being able to communicate intelligently about mindful
subject. I know, it sounds intriguing, right? Yeah, right.

Anyway, if you're still at the book report stage in high school, then consider yourself lucky. No I
actually mean it. Learning how to write a book report is not a difficult task at all. In fact, I can
give you a general formula that will serve you quite well. First of all, and this is important, read
the book in its entirety. Don't stoop to cliff notes! I've done it, but it doesn't mean you should.
This is a complete and utter cop-out. You need to read the book if you have any aspirations at all
to put quality work on the paper.

Now, once the text is written you can design an outline. Write up a fast and dirty framework for
your book report. What is it about the book that you would like to discuss? Is it going to be a
general summary of the book, or were you asked to focus on a particular aspect? Once you've got
your outline ready, it's time to roll up your sleeves and really get to work. Write from your heart,
but keep in mind the book's major themes, and remember to always write with your own voice.

If you don't know how to write a book report, or are striving to improve your craft, go on the
Internet and look for some examples. These days there are a number of great websites that can
aid you in writing a great book report. You just have to put the work in.

This article was posted on September 10, 2006

				
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