Book Reviews DUE Tuesday September 30, 2014

stack of books Book Reviews are . . . .


  • Short.  For instance, a book review summarizes the characters, setting, and plot briefly and succinctly
  • Personally written.  A book review may include personal connections and reactions of the reviewer.
  • Organized.  A three paragraph structure is a good place to start, but more paragraphs may be included.
  • Creative.  There is wiggle room to the directions below.

Your narrative book review

  • Must include a minimum of three well-developed paragraphs with lead sentences supported by specific proof or examples from the text.
  • May be longer than three paragraphs, of course, but no more than one typed page.
  • Should be structured in the following order:

Title / Author / Publishing company, year published, number of pages in the book

Part I:  A BRIEF summary of the book.  Include the character(s), setting, important problem(s), and how the character(s) resolve or try to resolve them.  Do not retell the entire book.  Focus on the big picture.  Think overview, but be sure to include enough detail to explain the plot.

Part II:  Choices exist for the middle section of your review.  You may write a paragraph (or paragraphs) about one or two of the following (or another idea not mentioned in the list).

  • More about one important scene or interesting idea
  • More about the most interesting character or characters (in your opinion! This does not have to be the main character)
  • In-depth details about your understanding / reaction to the main conflict(s)
  • Your understanding of the theme or “message” behind the book and why the author wrote it
  • How the book personally impacted your life
  • Other important connections between you and the book
  • The “big” questions you had while reading the book
  • The author’s style – how he/she pulled (or did not pull) you into the story

Part III:  Rate or recommend the book to your reader.

  • You might use a 1-10 scale
  • You might recommend the book to certain types of readers
  • You might note what type of reader might not enjoy the book
  • Follow your rating or recommendation with a minimum of two pieces of proof and / or specific detail which explain your thinking.

Sample book review coming next week. . .


Welcome! First Day of School 2014-2015

Index Card Directions:

  • Fold in half on the long side.
  • Write your name on one side (with fold on top) to make tabletop name display.
  • On the inside write the following four things in order:
    1. Something I have in common with everyone in the class is . . .
    2. Something I have in common with several people in the class is . . .
    3. Something I have in common with a few people in the class is . . .
    4. Something I have in common with no one in the class is . . .
  • Ms. Bishop
    • I am wearing shoes.
    • I like to read.
    • I wear glasses.
    • I am in my 40s!