Narrative Book Review – due November 18, 2014

Narrative Book Review Rubric

  • 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.
  • If you write about a novel that has a movie version, be sure to include information about the difference between the two or information only known if you read the book.  In other words, make it clear that you read the book and didn’t just watch the movie!

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 two typed pages that follow Ms. Bishop’s Standards for Written Work.
  • Should be structured in the following order:

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.

Part IV:  MLA citation of your book

  • Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.
  • Lee, Harper.  To Kill A Mockingbird.  New York:  Warner Books, Inc, 1960. Print.

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