Grade Book Report Format
Introduction (2-3 sentences, including a “topic” sentence)
• The title (underlined) and author of the book
• Why you chose the book (if this applies) or how it ﬁts into our history
program this year (if this applies).
• What kind of story is it?
o Fiction (made up): Fantasy, Science ﬁction, Realistic ﬁction,
Historical ﬁction, Mystery, or Traditional Literature (folktale, myth,
o Non-Fiction (true) Narrative nonﬁction, Biography, Expository
nonﬁction, or Informational?
Body (1-2 paragraphs supporting topic and including the following):
In this section you want to describe the main parts of a story: theme, setting,
characters, and plot (not necessarily in that order - paragraph 1). Then you give
your opinions about the book (paragraph 2).
The Theme is the main idea of the story. Some examples might be the
importance of friendship/hope/honesty/integrity/etc. or how to be
courageous in a difﬁcult situation. Tell what you think the theme is and
how you know (example from the book).
The Setting is the time and place of the story. Is it set a long time ago or
Does it take place in another country or in an imaginary place?
How much time passes in the story – a day? a year? A lifetime?
The Characters are who the story is about. The main character is called
the protagonist. Who are the other important characters? Do they help or
hinder the protagonist?
The Plot is what happens. You want to brieﬂy tell what the story is about.
What is the main event or conﬂict?
What things lead up to it?
happens as a result? How does the story end?
Be careful not to re-tell the whole story in detail – you want room in your
report to write about other things; instead, just say enough about it to
demonstrate you read/understand the book, and so the rest of your report
will make sense. One paragraph should be about right!
Once you have summarized the book, you can tell what you think about
it! Select 2-3 questions from below to answer with examples/supporting
reasons from the book: