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Read2write:  Black beauty

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This page updated:  7/17/2019

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Read-to-Write Strategy: 

Ch 25-28: Book Summary/Report

The Goal:

You will complete each step of the writing process to create a Book Summary/Report.  The audience for your writing will be people your own age (and gender) and your purpose will be to give enough information for the reader to decide if they would like to read the book.  This assignment will take about 7-12 days to complete.

What is a Book Summary/Report?

According to the library at Concordia University, a book report is, " an objective summary of the main ideas and arguments that the book's author has presented. The purpose of the report is to give enough information to help decide whether the book will be of use or interest to any potential readers." 


Let's break this down:

  • Objective Summary:  This means the author is neutral on the subject of if the book is "good" or not.  The author offers no opinion and is careful to use accurate-but-unbiased words to summarize.

  • Main ideas and arguments presented by the author:  These are the themes explored by the author throughout the story - the "lessons learned."   

    • Typical themes found in Black Beauty are: suffering, coming of age, compassion for animals, etc.

    •  Even though you might be only halfway through Black Beauty, you have encountered many, if not all, the themes presented by the author.  

  • Give enough information to help decide

    • Use or interest:  The purpose of the book summary/report is to present information to the reader so they can make a good choice.

    • Potential readers:  The audience of a book summary/report is people who are wondering if Black Beauty is a book they might like to read. 

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Sections of a Book Summary/Report:

A book summary/report uses the Elements of Literature to organize the writing. Each element is addressed in paragraph form within the writing.   The elements are the supporting details in the body of the piece.  The report includes an introduction paragraph, body, and conclusion paragraph.  It is a mini-essay.

Read and Brainstorm:

Before you begin this lesson's reading, create a simple mind map.  Use the following Essential Question (EQ) the center bubble of your map, and add the clarifying questions (CQ) below.

EQ:  What is the book Black Beauty about?

CQ:  Who wrote this book and why?  

CQ:  What type and genre of book is this?

CQ:  What is the setting, plot, characterization, conflict, and mood of the story?

CQ:  What is the author's point-of-view, style, and tone?

CQ:  What are the central themes of the book?

CQ:  Who is the recommended audience for this book?

The color coding fits the WTSOA Visual Notetaking model.  You may or may not want to use this to help you.  You will complete this mind map in the lesson that follows the chapter reading.

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Your parent will give you a score and feedback on each step of the writing process for this assignment.  Please send Mrs. G a copy of your brainstorm, your writing scaffold, and your final draft so she can see your work.