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How to Write a Book Report (For High School Students)

Updated on January 9, 2012

How to Write a Book Report

Book report is similar to book review; however the aim of the review here is the novel being read. This helps the student to delve deeper into the story being read and gain appreciation and understanding of the material. It also serves as their aid into the circuitous maze of the story for a novel is more complicated than the short story.

Written Book Report Format:


Title – give the title and author of the book.

B. Characters – Identify the protagonists (main characters), antagonists (villains), and foils, (supporting characters). List each character and briefly explain who he/she is and how he/she is related to the main character.

C. Setting – Discuss the time, place and mood of the book in detail. If possible, use a map to show the place where the story takes place.

D. Plot – Sequence the events that take place in the story. Write only the ten most important events in the story.

This is being presented in a pyramid.

a. Introduction/Exposition – Give the setting and point view, introduces the characters, and reveals some information necessary in understanding the situation that will give rise to the problem.

b. Development/Rising Action – Show movement that leads towards the turning point.

c. Climax/Turning Point – Is the highest point of interest in the story for it is where the action takes a decisive turn.

d. Denouement/Falling Action – Reveal how the series of actions or events takes place and resolves the problem introduced at the beginning of the story.

E. Theme – Discuss the theme of the book. Relate it to the life of a person.

F. Character Analysis – Choose two characters and discuss them in depth. If possible, use Venn Diagram in describing their similarities and differences.

G. Evaluation – Write one paragraph of at least five sentences describing why you would or would not recommend the book to others.

The paragraph must contain:

a. One topic sentence

b. Multiple sentences

c. One concluding sentences

H. Copy of the book or story.


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      raciniwa 2 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      wow...i am glad to be of help...

      best regard...

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      yasmen 3 years ago

      Thank a lot this really did help me

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      raciniwa 3 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      hello again abba...thank you for leaving a comment...

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      Abba Elijah aka elijagod 3 years ago from Abuja - Nigeria

      Thanks ! that was a really wonderful poem

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      you're welcome...yes, this is the reason i am posting this hub to help students like you...have a blessed day!

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      argie real 5 years ago

      thank you for your book report learning tool it helps me so much of making book reports

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      Hello Eddy,

      great to see you...thank you for the wonderful comments...yeah, i was contemplating on what to write, and decided to include this on my hub being an educator so i can extend my classroom to the net world...

      Hello Always,

      thanks for visiting my hub...your presence is always a delight for me...

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      Hello Susan...yeah, students can't escape writing a book's part of the life of a high school student...thank you finding this useful...

      Hello too, it seems ages ago that i was a high school student too...well, thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this hub...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a great learning tool for students or anyone needing to write a book report..Thank's fr sharing..

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      So very well presented and so well informed also.

      Your obvious hard work has certainly paid off.

      Take care my friend and enjoy your day.


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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      It's been a long time since I've seen High School.. well.. not that long.. well.. okay that long but nevertheless this is helpful and useful :)

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It's been a long time since I've written a book report but I am sure that your hub will be very useful for high school students or for parents to share with their children.