Fiction, Nonfiction, Student Centered

Book Reports Solutions: Templates for Busy Educators

Book reports templates provide a framework to explain the content of a book. Whether a student reports on a fiction or nonfiction book, comprehension skills and strategies are in use. 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 Templates


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 describes a character through their actions, thoughts, and feelings from the story. It is important that the readers understand the main character in the story and 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. Making connections is a reading strategy that allows students to connect with similar experiences and thoughts. Student engagement improves when prior knowledge and experiences connect with the 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. Students consider how the story kept them interested, how they were able to visualize, as well as how they feel at the end of the story.

Nonfiction Book Reports Templates

Book reports templates 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.

Student take notes on main idea and details. Then, they use their notes to write a short summary.

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 use important graphic with a caption as well as facts about what they have read.
The above book report pennant is editable.

Independent reading allows students to utilize their reading strategies. Independent practice using the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model gives the teacher invaluable information.

You may also be interested in reading the blog post, Why text features are important.

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