Book Report Outline
A book report outline acts as a guide so that the student can ensure that all of the required elements of the book report are addressed. Book report outlines can also be used while reading the book so that proper note taking can be done as well.
For best results, use the assignment to create a book report outline before even starting to read the book so that important details are more easily recognized. For this example, the following book report outline assumes that the paper must discuss the Setting, Main Characters, Plot, and Theme.
To build a book report outline, create four sections for each on a piece of paper and then take notes as the book is read and write them in the appropriate areas. For example, if an important aspect of the main character is apparent, write the details and the page number where they can be found in the Main Characters section of the book report outline.
If unsure what to look out for when creating book report outlines, answering the following questions can provide some guidance.
-Where did the book take place (i.e. in the mountains, on the plains, in the desert)?
- When did the story take place (i.e. in Colonial times, in 1950, in the future)?
- What did the setting look like (i.e. snow-capped wilderness, beautiful rolling hills)?
- Who are the main characters in the book?
- What did the main characters look like?
- How did the main character's personality or traits affect the story?
- Which major events helped shape the plot of the story?
- What conflicts did the characters deal with and what was the climax?
- Who was behind the conflicts and struggles that the main characters dealt with?
Theme or Message
- What was the underlying purpose or message of the book?
- How was the message communicated?
- Was the message apparent and did the story hold interest?
By creating a book report outline and completing it as the story is read, it will make the writing of the book report much more efficient and thorough. Refer to the book report outline throughout the assignment to ensure that all of the important points are covered.