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Book Report Exercise
By Joann Congdon Page 1 of 2   Next ยป

The Book Report Exercise teaches characterization, dialogue, and the creation of conflict for dramatic effect in a fictional narrative. It also gives students practice in using quotation marks and parenthetical references, and in creating a bibliography.

Students are asked to create a dialogue between the main character of a novel and themselves. A requirement of this dialogue is that it contain some kind of conflict between the student and the character in the novel.

Joann Congdon

These are the areas of focus:

  • To reveal the main character's thoughts, actions, responses to others, and appearance.
  • To back up important ideas using quotations from the text.
  • To practice the mechanics of parenthetical citation, quotation, and bibliography.

The rubric used in grading this exercise is posted below.

Rubric

Conflict in Dialogue
Characterization Revealed
Thoughts
Actions
Response to Others
Appearance
Quotes used Effectively
Parenthetical usage
Bibliographic Citation at End
Mechanics
Panache

Total Out of 50 points
4

6
6
6
6
4
4
4
6
4

 



 


 
About the Author: Joann Congdon teaches at Grace Christian School in Anchorage. She was recognized for her inspired teaching with a Community Recognition for Educational and Teaching Excellence Award by Anchorage Mayor Rick Mystrom.
 
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