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University Middle School Social Studies
Historical Narrative Book Report

Class: (circle one)
World History
American History
~Instructions~
*Typed Reports will receive 10 points extra credit!
*Due dates:
Day 1-Wednesday, November12th
Day 2-Thursday, November 13th
Of course, you may turn this in EARLY if you want to!
*I ENCOURAGE you to type out your responses in full sentences if you can,
but if you don’t have access to a computer, you may write on the lines provided
in full sentences and on the back of each sheet of paper. If you type out your
responses, please retype the questions I’ve provided above your responses.
*This will be time consuming, so please plan to work on this each day of the
week until the due date.
*Please proofread your answers for spelling, grammar and punctuation. I’ve
provided a spot at the bottom of this sheet for you to have two proofreaders
(preferably an advisor, parent, grandparent, teacher, or another adult that you
trust) to initial when they have proofread your answers. This is part of the
project’s final grade, and if it isn’t done, it will affect your final grade.

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1. Some historical books are non-fiction, reporting only the facts of a historical situation. Other historical
books are novels that mix real events with imaginary occurrences. Is your book non-fiction or is it a historical
fiction novel? How can you tell? Do you think that the book would work just as well the other way (that is,
either with more imaginary scenes put in, if it is a non-fiction book, or with only factual information, if it is a
historical novel)? Why or why not? (10 pts.) You received________pts.
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2. People often say that history repeats itself. Do you think that is true, why or why not? Is it possible some or
all of the events in the book that you read could just as easily happen today? Which events, if any, might
happen again? Why do you think so? (10 pts.) You received________pts.
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3. Describe in detail the setting of the story. How did the setting influence or play a key role in the story? Was
the setting effective in providing a picture of the environment or world at that time? Explain.
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4. Describe the main characters and explain their importance to the story. How did they change throughout the
story? Were these large changes, and if they were, please explain. List any historical figures that were
mentioned. (Use more than one page or the back of this page if necessary.) (10 pts.) You received_______pts.
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5. Write a summary of the story explaining the important events and conflicts. What historical events occurred
in this story? (20 pts.) You received________pts.
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6. How did the story end or wrap up? What historical facts did you learn about after reading this book? Please
explain in detail. (10 pts.) You received________pts.
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7. What part or events in the book did you like the most? What part or events in the book did you not like?
What are 6 opinions you have about your book? Would you recommend it to others? Why or why not?
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10 PTS
Student's paper
has 3 or fewer
spelling, grammar
or punctuation
errors.

8 PTS

6 PTS

Student's paper
has 4-6 spelling,
grammar or
punctuation errors.

Student's paper
has 7-9 spelling,
grammar or
punctuation errors.

4 PTS
Student's paper
has 10 or more
spelling, grammar
or punctuation
errors.

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FINAL GRADE:
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