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Book Report Graphic Organizers
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Writing a Book Report (plus a Rubric)
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Book Report Graphic Organizers Printouts
Graphic Organizers can help students think about and list the major topics that will be covered in a (fiction) book report.
Getting Started:
First, read the book. As you're reading, take notes on key information, such as the names of the main characters, personality quirks of these characters, the setting, key plot twists, important events, and any other things that seem important and that you think you might want to include in your book report.

The Structure of Your Report:
Start your report with an introductory paragraph that states the book's title, the author, and the type of book it is (mystery, fairy tale, science fiction, western, etc.). Then write at least four to five paragraphs that clearly describe the book. Each paragraph should cover one topic (for example, you should have at least one paragraph that describes the main character). End the report with a closing paragraph that summarizes what you learned from the book and if you liked or disliked the book (and why).

Finally, cite your references (see the section below on formats for your bibliography).

Check that your grammar, spelling, and punctuation are correct. Make sure to use complete sentences and write neatly! Define any technical terms that you use. Proofread your report for errors before you hand it in -- do not hand in a rough draft.

Topics to Include in Your Report:
When you write your report, try to cover as many of the following topics as you can:



Citing Your References: When you write your bibliography, list all of your references. Formats for each type of publication follows (there are different formats for different media): Author(s) are listed last name first, first name or initials (as cited in the publication).

For example: "Enchanted Learning" would be cited as follows:

MacPenn, I.. Enchanted Learning: Charlie MacDuff and the Test of Time. http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/usa/states/ 2001.

Another format for Internet sources is as follows:

Last name, First name of author. Title of Page. Name of the publisher (EnchantedLearning.com in our case). Date the page was created (at Enchanted Learning, this is the earliest date on the copyright notice located at the bottom of each page), Date of revision (at Enchanted Learning, we do not keep track of page revisions).

Some teachers also request that you include the date of access; this is the date (or dates) that you went to the web page (or pages).



The Following is a Rubric For Assessing each Part of Your Book Report:
. Beginning
1
Developing
2
Accomplished
3
Excellent
4
Score
Introduction Disorganized, no information on what is to come Gives too little information. Summarizes report Concise, well-written introduction .
Research Part 1 (describe the book's setting, major and minor characters) Does not cover all appropriate topics Covers some of the appropriate topics. Covers most of the appropriate topics. All appropriate topics covered well. Also includes interesting facts. .
Research Part 2 (describe the book's beginning, middle and end, the problem in the story and how it was solved, etc.) Does not cover all appropriate topics Covers some of the appropriate topics. Covers most of the appropriate topics. All appropriate topics covered well. Also includes interesting facts. .
Spelling/Grammar Many spelling and grammatical errors A few errors Only one or two errors Spelling and grammar perfect .
Presentation Illegible, messy Almost illegible Legible writing, accompanying illustrations Well organized presentation, typed or written using a word processor, accompanying illustrations .
References No references A single reference, incomplete citation Several references with incomplete citations Many references, listed in appropriate format .
Timeliness Over a week late A week late A day or two late Handed in on time .

Book Reports and Movie Reviews:

Book Report: Write a simple book report, noting the name of the book, the author, the major characters, the setting of the book, and a short summary of the book.

Movie Review: Write a simple movie review, describing the characters, the story, and what you like the most and the least about the movie.

writing prompt

Write Ten Things About a Book

A one-page printable worksheet. Write ten things about a book you've read (plus one thing you would like to change).
writing prompt

Write Ten Things About a Movie

A one-page printable worksheet. Write ten things about a movie (plus one thing you would like to change).

Book Impressions: Triple Draw and Write
Draw three of the major characters, scenes, or ideas from a book you have read, and write about each picture. Or go to a pdf of the worksheet.

Story Characters: Draw and Write 3 Things
Draw three of your favorite characters in books or stories and write about each of them.. Or go to a pdf of the worksheet.

TV Characters: Draw and Write 3 Things
Draw three of your favorite characters in in the movies or on TV and write about each of them.. Or go to a pdf of the worksheet.

Books: Draw and Write 3 Things
Draw a scene or character from three of your favorite books and write about each of them. Or go to a pdf of the worksheet.

Movies: Draw and Write 3 Things
Draw a scene or character from three of your favorite movies and write about each of them. Or go to a pdf of the worksheet.



Report Graphic Organizers for Book Reports and Movie Reviews:



Beginning, Middle, and End Map Printout

This story map prompts the student to summarize the beginning, middle, and end of a story.


Beginning, Middle, and End Map Printout

This story map prompts the student to summarize the beginning, middle, and end of a story, with two extra cells for each (to list extra details).


Honeycomb Story Map Printout

This story map prompts the student to summarize the place, time, characters, problem, and solution of a story.


Honeycomb Story Map Printout #2

This story map prompts the student to summarize the title, place, time, characters, problem, solution and moral of a story.


Story Map Chart Printout

This story map chart prompts the student to summarize describe the settting, the characters, the problem, two major events, and the solution.


Story Map Chart Printout #2

This story map chart prompts the student to summarize describe the settting, the characters, the problem, three major events, and the solution.


Story Map Diagram Printout

This story map diagram prompts the student to summarize describe the settting, the characters, the problem, two major events, and the solution.


Story Map Diagram Printout #2

This story map diagram prompts the student to summarize describe the settting, the characters, the problem, three major events, and the solution.
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Simple Book Report Printout

This graphic organizer prompts the student to write about the characters, setting, and events of a story.
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Book Review Printout #1

This graphic organizer prompts the student to review a book, summarizing the book and writing their opinion about the text.
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Book Review Printout #2

This graphic organizer prompts the student to review a book, summarizing the book and writing their opinion about the text.
Word Wheel

Fiction Book Report Wheel

Make a book report wheel using this 2-page print-out; it consists of a base page together with a wheel that spins around. The student fills out the parts of the book report, including: Genre, Year Published, Setting, Main Character(s), Plot - Beginning, Middle, End, Problem or Conflict, and Message or Moral of Story. When you spin the wheel, the the parts of the book report appear, one at a time. The student then answers the questions, "Did you like this book? Would you recommend this book to a friend? Explain why."
Word Wheel

Reading Log Wheel

Make a reading log wheel for 8 books using this 2-page print-out; it consists of a base page together with a wheel that spins around. After putting the wheel together, the student follows the instructions on the front wheel and fills out the reading log for each given genre (type of book), including: Biography, History, Science, Animals, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Fables/Myths, Any Fiction, Any Non-Fiction. For each of the 8 books, the student writes: Title, Author, Number of Pages, Your Rating of the Book, Date Completed. The student then answers the questions, "Which book was your favorite book (and why)? Would you recommend this book to a friend? and Which book was your least favorite book (and why)?"
bookreport bookmarks

4 Bookmarks to be used as Mini Book Reports

Print 4 different bookmarks. Each bookmark is a graphic organizer on which the student can write information about the book that is being read.
bookreport bookmarks

3 Bookmarks to be used as Mini Book Reports

Print 3 different bookmarks. Each long bookmark is a graphic organizer on which the student can write information about the book that is being read.


Storyboard Diagram Printout (2x3)

This storyboard matrix gives the student cells in which they can illustrate the major events in a story in chronological order - 6 cells.


Storyboard Diagram Printout (3x3)

This storyboard matrix gives the student cells in which they can illustrate the major events in a story in chronological order - 9 cells.


Storyboard Diagram Printout (3x4)

This storyboard matrix gives the student cells in which they can illustrate the major events in a story in chronological order - 12 cells.


Story Clock:
3 Divisions

Story clock with three divisions.


Story Clock:
4 Divisions

Story clock with four divisions.


Story Clock:
5 Divisions

Story clock with five divisions.


Story Clock:
6 Divisions

Story clock with six divisions.

5 W's: Who, When, Where, What, and Why


Story Star Printout

A story star is a type of star diagram that can be used to describe the key points of a story or event, noting the 5 W's of the story: who, when, where, what, and why.


5-W's petal Labeled Flower Diagram Printout

5 labeled petals around a main oval.


5 W's Chart Diagram Printout

A chart with 2 columns and 5 rows, labeled: Who, When, Where, What, and Why.


5-W's Labeled Oval Diagram Printout

5 labeled options around a central oval.


5-W's Labeled Circles Printout

5 labeled circles around a main oval.

Triple Draw and Write Worksheets

Book Impressions: Triple Draw and Write
Draw three of the major characters, scenes, or ideas from a book you have read, and write about each picture. Or go to a pdf of the worksheet.

Books: Draw and Write 3 Things
Draw a scene or character from three of your favorite books and write about each of them. Or go to a pdf of the worksheet.

Paragraph Structure
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Paragraph Structure Graphic Organizer Printouts

Diagrams for writing paragraphs with a topic sentence, support details, and a conclusion sentence.

Book Report in Essay Form
BOOK REPORT FORM


Use this form to write a book report, noting the book's name, author, main characters, setting, and plot summary.


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