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Book Report Instructions for a Collection of Stories (Yellow)
Every book report must include: 1. Cover page: Title of book, name of author, learner's name, grade, teacher's name, date (month and year) 2. Table of Contents (don't forget that the cover page and the TOC are not to be included in the TOC!) 3. Part A: Appreciation of Language 4. Part B: About the Stories 5. Part C: Creative Task 6. Part D: Opinion 7. ALL drafts 8. Assessment page Part A: Appreciation of Language Make a mini dictionary with words you learn (at least 10). 1. Write them in alphabetical order 2. Write the part of speech of each word. 3. Copy the definition of the word as it is in the context of the sentence, in English. 4. Translate it to Hebrew. 5. Write an original sentence using the word that shows you understand how to use it. Part B: About the Stories 1. Write the names of all of the stories in the collection (and the authors, if they were written by different authors) 2. Why are all of these stories in the same book? What do they all have in common? 3. Which story did you enjoy the most? Why? Answer the following questions for the story you liked the most: 4. Setting: time and place. How do you know? Copy one sentence that gives you the answer. 5. Main characters: (name, age, qualities) Copy a few sentences that give you this information.
2 6-9. Specific questions relating to character (you must choose 4): i. ii. iii. iv. v. vi. vii. viii. ix. In what way is the role of the main character important to the story? In what way did the character change or grow from the beginning of the story, to its end? What might the main character have done in the beginning to change the outcome of the story? Give an example of a problem the character had, that you also have faced in your life. What would happen if the main character were of the opposite gender? How would the story have been different? What will happen to the main character (or: Where will the main character be) in 20 years from now? Why would you want to be – or NOT to be – a friend of the main character? Which color describes the main character? How would you describe the character to a blind person? 10. Which story in this collection did you like the least? Why?
Part C: Creative Task Choose ONE of the following options (100-120 words): • Write a formal letter to one of the characters • Write a book review for a newspaper. • Change the setting (time /place) of one of the stories in the book you have read. Explain how this alters the outcome of the story. • Change something in the story you liked the LEAST, to make it more appealing. Part D: Opinion Answer ALL of the following questions in composition form (4 paragraphs) 1. Did you enjoy the book? Why / why not? 2. Which character did you like/ dislike the most? Explain why. 3. Which event did you like/dislike the most? Explain why. 4. Would you recommend the book to your friends? Why?
Criteria for grading
Name of learner:_______________________ Book project #_____
Title of book:
Organization (Cover page, TOC, drafts, book cover, rubrics) Part A Minidictionary 5 Project was poorly organized, more than half of the elements are missing. 3 Poorly organized; many mistakes 15 Made an attempt at organization, however some elements are missing. 6 Made an attempt at organization/ too many mistakes. Didn't follow all instructions. 10 Some elements are missing / some mistakes. 10 Made clear attempts to make work creative, original and interesting; some mistakes.. 5 Some elements are missing / some mistakes. 10 Typed report but handed it in late. OR Didn’t type report but handed in on time. 25 Project was well organized – includes all elements.
10 Well organized; no mistakes
Part B About the stories
Part C Creative task
5 More than half of the elements are missing / many mistakes 5 Does not fulfill requirements; many mistakes. Lacked any attempt at creativity. 0 More than half of the elements are missing / many mistakes 0 Handed project in without typing or was late.
20 Includes all elements; no mistakes. 15 Interesting, original and creative. Clearly invested thought, time and energy; no mistakes. 10 Includes all elements; no mistakes . 20 Handed in typed and on time.
Part D Opinion
Typed and on time
Final grade: __________