Writing a Book Report
The main objective of writing a book report is to convince your reader (i.e. teacher/lecturer) that you actually read the book. Thus, a book report is simply a summary of the book’s contents, with personal evaluation by the writer kept to a minimum. For example, a book report on a biography of U.S. President Benjamin Franklin would summarize the key events in his life as addressed in the biography. The report presents these facts clearly enough so that someone who has not read the book will have a good idea of what is covered.
What you should do to write a book report? First of all, you should read the book. While reading, take some notes. As a practical guide, here are the things you need to include in your notes:
- What is the book about? What is the main subject or focus of the book?
- Why was the book written? Does it succeed in explaining, proving, or disproving what it set out to explain, prove, or disprove?
- What is the style of the book? Is it easy to read?
- What are the highlights of the book?
Finishing reading and taking notes, write all points in one or more paragraph (depending on the length of the book to report or how long your lecturer asked you to write it). A book of hundreds pages should probably be reported in two to three pages. But for a thin book, some paragraphs report will do.
Whatever the length of your book report, it must contain the introductory, body, and concluding paragraphs. In the introductory (first paragraph), provide information about the author and about two additional things you think necessary (two to three sentences are appropriate). In the body paragraph(s) cover the things you have noted while reading. In the last paragraph, restate your thesis or main idea to serve as your conclusion. Don’t forget to proofread your book report.
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