Middle School Book Report Format

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Middle School Book Report Format
Thesis idea:

This book is unique - Do not use the word “unique” anywhere in the report. Use your thesaurus to find a better word!

Paragraph Order:

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

Introduction
Setting
Characters
Plot
Plot Resolution
Conclusion

Paragraph Description:
I.

The introduction contains the thesis idea.

II.

The setting describes the time period and location.

III.

The section on characters mentions minor groups of characters but names and describes the major ones.

IV.

The plot explains what the major character attempts to do:
to discover
to overcome
to adapt
to become
to mature
to solve

to learn
to conquer

to find

V.

The plot resolution - How are the final problems solved? How does everything work out? What is the final attitude of the main character(s)?

VI.

The conclusion - an evaluation of the book as a literary work. What was the author’s purpose? Does the book teach a lesson or a moral? Are the characters role models? Why is it recommended?

Introduction:
Sentence Order

Example

1.

Arouse the reader’s interest with an
attention grabbing question.

How would you feel if a tornado suddenly
lifted you away to a new land?

2.

Name the character(s) in such a
situation. Name the book title and
author.

Such an adventure happened to Dorothy in the
book, The Wizard of Oz, by Frank Baum.

3.

Present the thesis sentence: why the
book is unique: Although there have
been similar books, this book is unique
because who? does what? and where?

Although there have been other children’s
adventure stories, this one is unique because
Dorothy helps the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and
Lion find the qualities they seek while
traveling with her in the land of Oz.

Topic Sentence Suggestions:
Setting

One reason this book is appealing is setting.

Characters

Another reason this book is different is its characters OR is that its characters are...
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