Assignment for the Second Book: reading a book and writing a review
You can imagine you are a staff writer for a newspaper. You have been given the assignment of reading a book and writing a review for the Entertainment Section. Write your review, keeping in mind the following guidelines:
❑ Make your review lively and interesting to read (grab the reader’s attention at the beginning, use
interesting statements, quotes, anecdotes, etc).
❑ Make a heading that includes main facts such as author, title, publisher, year of publication,
number of pages, cost, etc.
❑ Include a description of the setting and main characters.
❑ Describe the conflict and plot (the main character or protagonist versus person, society, self,
nature, machine, or supernatural).
❑ Give your assessment and opinion about the book. Answer questions such as would you
recommend it, how did it affect you, what did you learn, what was the theme, was it consistent
with your Christian worldview, was the writing of high quality, would you read it again, etc. This
should be a well-constructed opinion.
❑ If you choose to watch the movie version after reading the book, write a section comparing the
two: which was better, did the movie capture the essence of the book, were the characters
portrayed well, and most importantly, what was different from the original book?
❑ Be sure the final copy is neat and clean, typed, carefully edited and proofread, and a minimum of
two pages in length.
You may discuss your books with anyone and watch the movie version or listen to an audio version while
you read, but the full reading of the book and the writing assignment is to be completed by you alone. It
should be based on your reading and your opinions and insights. It should be very clear that you have
read the book.
If you prefer to write a strictly traditional book report, you still must follow the same guidelines and
include the same content.
Remember: If you would like to read a book other than what is on the list, you must
contact Mrs. Swaffield first.