The intended use of this packet is for students who need scaffolding in order to produce a two paragraph book report. The worksheets and graphic organizers in this packet help students break down the plot of a book. The students must retell the introduction, middle and conclusion of the book as well as explain the characters, problem and solution. The other sections help students form clear and organized opinions about a book through telling specific parts of the book they liked and disliked. The information they complete in the beginning pages of the packet is reused in the graphic organizers at the end. This packet helps students brainstorm and think about a novel as a whole without feeling overwhelmed about the writing process.
I have used this packet with students who are doing book groups, but I think it would work great as a an independent project students complete at home or at school!
The following list explains how to use each page as well as the purpose of that page in the book report process.
Page 1 Characters – Students pick four main characters from the book. Then, they write the important information about the characters. This page helps students differentiate between important ideas and minor details in a text.
Page 2 & 3 Book Retelling – Students write a few sentences each about the beginning, middle and end of the novel. Then, students write a few sentences about the problem and solution. This again requires students to differentiate between important ideas and minor details in a text.
Page 4 & 5 Fact & Opinion – Students list three facts and three opinions they hold about their novels. Then, the students list three things about the book that they liked and three things they disliked.
Page 6 Summary Cloze Paragraph – The students fill in the blanks with information about their book. They can use the information they previously wrote in this packet to add the information for the introduction, middle and conclusion of the book as well as the character list.
Page 7 Book Review Cloze Paragraph -This cloze paragraph requires students to make a statement about whether they liked or disliked the book. They need to circle the appropriate word in the cloze paragraph. They should use the information from pages four and five to complete the cloze paragraph.
Page 8 Book Summary Paragraph Graphic Organizer – Students use the paragraph graphic organizer to summarize the book. They can choose to summarize the book by writing about the introduction, middle and conclusion or they can summarize by writing about the characters, the problem and the solution in the text. For an extra challenge, this graphic organizer can be printed off twice and students can do it both ways.
Page 9 Book Review Paragraph Graphic Organizer – This graphic organizer helps students write a book review paragraph. The topic sentence should be an opinion about the book. Each detail should support their opinion. They should use their notes on pages 4 and 5 from the packet to help them complete the graphic organizer.
Last step – Students should use the graphic organizers to write two rough draft paragraphs. These rough draft paragraphs can be revised and edited and turned into a two paragraph book report!