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Book report

Deadline: Monday 29 February

Do not start writing your report right away, but make notes. Your book report must be typed on your computer, not hand-written. Other technical details:

  • Normal margins
  • 11 or 12 point letter size
  • Line division 1,5
  • Between 300-400 words (ca. 1-1,5 page). Do a computer word count at the end

What you have to include in your report is:

  • A summary. What happens?
  • Setting (time and place)
  • An entry about the main character(s)
  • Your opinion about the book. Why did you like it/why not?

A word of advice: be careful about using the Internet to find information! Very often, that makes it difficult to compress the content of your report, and it will make little sense to me.

Use what you remember from the novel, and if there are details you have forgotten about, check the book itself. I will STRONGLY SUGGEST to you that you only use the Internet to check up on facts or details in the plot. Your blog posts will be of great use to you.

If you do use the Internet, you need to state your SOURCES in your report. “Direct quotes must be marked with quotation marks”. If you rewrite the content of another text in your own words, you must also state your sources! This is called paraphrasing.

Long quotes or paraphrasing will be subtracted from the length of your book report.

The book report will be graded on a scale from 1 to 5. To get a 6, you will have to write a book analysis.

A good grade on your book report requires the following:

  • You cover all the important points listed above.
  • You manage to keep your report to the required length.
  • Your presentation is tidy and you have checked your language carefully.
  • You manage to present your feelings about the novel.
  • Your written English is mature and you show that you are able to vary your language.

Poor grades will be the result of the following:

  • You are too dependent of material you have found elsewhere.
  • You are unable to express your own view and impressions.
  • You fail to include all the relevant points listed above.
  • You are unable to express yourself in full sentences, and do not express yourself clearly.
  • Your book report is too short. Overly long book reports will also be penalized.

Example of a book report (ca. 330 words):

BOOK REPORT – EXAMPLE

Title: Vernon God Little

Author: DBC Pierre

First published: 2003

Summary

Vernon has just been arrested for his assumed role in the school tragedy, but the reader is not told about the details of the tragedy. It happened only a few days before the novel begins. Vernon is, as we learn, innocent of the crime he is accused of, but because he is a suspect he escapes to Mexico. Towards the end he is captured by the police, and the book finishes with his trial where he is sentenced to death by lethal injection.

Setting

The novel is set in the present, in a small town called Martirio in Texas, USA. Martirio is a small community where it is difficult to keep secrets from other people. The people portrayed in the book are mostly working class and do not have much money. The action of the story takes place within about a year.

Main character

The main character in this novel is a 17-year-old white boy by the name of Vernon Gregory Little. He lives only with his mother, because his father died when he was young. Vernon is not a popular boy, and has been friends with a bullying victim. He doesn’t have any real friends, and must tackle everything by himself. His enemy in the story is a phoney reporter by the name of Eulalio Ledesma, who seduces his mother and the whole town, and begins a witch-hunt to bring Vernon to trial for murder.

What I think of this book

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was difficult to begin with because of the language, but once I got used to it, I realized it was a very exciting story. I like the fact that you are not told what has happened in detail. It was frustrating at first, but it kept me reading to find out what had actually happened before the book starts.

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