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High School Book Report

A high school book report is a factual which details information about a book, assigned at a high school level. The information in a high book report should provide a level of depth consistent with the age of the student. Although the report will be more complex in nature, it should still contain the same basic elements of a general book report: title of the book, author, year of initial publication, where the book was published, and a summary of the book's content/plot. Unless otherwise requested by the teacher assigning, a book report written at the high school level does not provide opinions on the book, or individual interpretations. It is a strict report on the book. If the teacher asks for the reader's opinion, the high school student's book report should include a final paragraph that includes the reader's opinion of the book, whether they enjoyed reading it, some notes about the author's writing style, and whether the style of writing lent to a better read of the book. They can also include a few sentences on and why or why not they would recommend the book to a friend.

How to go about writing a high school book report:

In order to create a cohesive, well-structured book report, it is always best to start with an outline. The outline should include the following information:

1. Time period – It's important for the reader to understand if the book takes place in the 17th century, modern times or the future. Time period can play a vital role in the understanding of a book. How does the time period enhance the reader's understanding of the book? Because the book report is written at a high school level, the student should do some research into the time period and ensure he/she comments on why the author chose this particular time period in which to set the story.
2. Setting – Where does the story take place? Is it an imaginary setting? Or a familiar locale? Why did the author choose to put the action of the story in this particular setting? Is there something about the setting that enhances or helps to progress the plot? Does the setting function as an additional character in the story?
3. Characters – Describe the protagonist, the main character or hero of the story. If an antagonist exists, someone who represents opposition to the main character, describe him/her as well. Sometimes the antagonist can be an institution or a group of people. What are the traits of these characters? What are their personalities like? What are their flaws? How do the characters strengths and weaknesses lend to the storyline and progress the plot?
4. The Plot – Finally, you will provide a plot summary of what happens in the book. Describe the main storylines that affect the overall theme. What is the purpose of the book? What lesson is the author trying to convey to the reader? What is the main character attempting to accomplish? Describe the climax of the story, whereby the plot comes to a head, and how the storyline is resolved as a result.

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