Book reports are written to explain the content of a book. Whether reporting on a fiction or nonfiction book, comprehension skills and strategies are used independently. When reporting on a book that is fiction, you will want students to include a plot map, character analysis, connections, and a brief book review.
Fiction Book Reports
A plot map is a graphic organizer that is shaped like a pyramid. A plot map includes the characters, setting, events, climax, and resolution in the story. This is a great way to check the student’s understanding of these story elements.
Character analysis is when you describe a character using their actions, thoughts, and feelings from the story. It is important for the readers to understand the main character in the story and to find evidence to describe the character.
Applying Reading Strategies
Making connections is when you can relate the book to another book that you’ve read, a movie, or being able to relate to a character in the story. Student engagement improves when they use their prior knowledge and experiences to connect with their text. There are three types of connections students make. They are text to text, text to self, and text to world.
Book reviews allow students to evaluate the text. Students critique how well the book is written as well as how enjoyable the book is to read.
Nonfiction Book Reports
Book reports can also be written for nonfiction books. Nonfiction book reports should include a summary, how text features were used, connections, and a brief book review.
Students take notes on the main idea and find three pieces of evidence to support the main idea. Then, students use their notes to write a short summary about what they read.
I also have my students include text features in their book report. Text features play a critical role in understanding nonfiction text. Students explain what information comes from the text features. This also allows me to asses their use and understanding of text features.
Students think of connections they have with the content they are reading. This helps students synthesize the information. Lastly, students review how the author crafts the content as well as how the book resonates with them.
Independent reading allows students to utilize their reading strategies. Independent practice using the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model gives the teacher invaluable information.