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How to write a book report

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How to write a book report

  1. 1. HOW TO WRITE A BOOK REPORT?This presentation will give you some clues for your reading process.You’ll write your reports in class, just like you were having an exam.You can use your books, dictionnaries in the exam. However, mobilephones, smart phones and digital or web- based dictionnaries areNOT allowed into the class. SORRY, but we have to collect yourphones and i-pods, i-pads when you come to the exam.If you don’t want to have any trouble in the exam, you should dosome pre- exam studies. This presentation will help you in thisaspect.While reading, we advise you;Underline a quotation which you like.Take some notes (to answer the questions we ask in this presentationor to remember some important details.)*we’re NOT going to use this kind of document in the exam but we believe, thesequestions will give you an idea to study.
  2. 2. QUESTION 1: TITLE- AUTHORWhat’s the title?What did you think the book was about, before reading? (you canlook at the cover of the book and guess.)Who is the author (writer)? Can you tell a bit abouthim/ her? (birth date, birth place, nationality etc. and also youcan state if he/ she educated himself/ herself or if he/ she went toschool. Give a little information about family.)What are his/ her previous works? (write the name of some books.which theme did he/ she used in them?)
  3. 3. QUESTION 2: GENRE, LANGUAGE, BOOK’S THEMEWhat’s the GENRE of the book? (there are 2 types ofbooks: fiction and non-fiction. These types can be cathegorised underthe title “genre”.) For example;Romance science fictionMystery thrillerAction tragedyComedy biographyAutobiography historicalFantasy horror*you can also include western and gothic.
  4. 4. What’s the THEME?:Theme is the universal idea. A message or a lesson which the authorgives in books. Here are some examples;Generation gap- experience vs. youthful strenghtEscape- escape from family pressures, escaping social constraintsLove- love maintains everythingFind more:http://homeworktips.about.com/od/englishhomework/a/samplethemes.htm
  5. 5. What’s the LANGUAGE of the book?Is it formal/ informal?Does the writer use 1st person narrator or 3rd person narrator?1st person narrator: author writes about his/ her own story orexperience. Ex: autobiography, short stories, romance, horroretc. The Catcher in The Rye by J. D. Salinger, Twilight by S. Meyer.3rd person narrator: author writes about someone’s story. Ex: biography, satire, romance, etc. Animal Farm by G. Orwell, Çalıkuşu by R. N. Güntekin
  6. 6. QUESTION 3: SUMMARYTake notes while reading:o main character (there can be more than 1 in some books. Did youlike the character? How did they change throughout the story?)o sequence of events (you can make a list of events in order to easethe summary. Don’t make a very detailed list; just take short notes.)o comment on the theme (do you agree with the author about themoral/ lesson? If you do, you should support it. You can giveexamples and you can also use a quotation from the book.)o comment on the ending (did the ending satisfy you? If you werethe author, how would you end it? What would you change in thestory?)
  7. 7. QUESTION 4: CONCLUSIONo What are the major strenghts and weaknesses in the book/ story?o What’s your personal judgement? Did you like or dislike? Why? Why not?o Is this a book (which/that) you would recommend to your friends? ENJOY YOUR READING!!!!!!

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