Writing a Book Report Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teach students the important skill of book report writing with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains the process, work cooperatively to practice steps, and then write a book report independently.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'book report'
  • explain the steps for writing a book report
  • write a book report


1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3

Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.2

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


  • Copies of the lesson How to Write a Book Report, one for each student
  • Books, fiction and nonfiction, for students to read and write reports independently
  • Easy-to-read children's books in fiction and non-fiction, one for each partner pair, for guided book report
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Tape
  • Cereal boxes, one for each student; consider asking students to bring in to class
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Key Vocabulary

  • Book report
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Setting
  • Character
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Symbols
  • Topic
  • Arguments
  • Main idea
  • Outline
  • Introduction
  • Book description
  • Book analysis
  • Conclusion

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Distribute the lesson How to Write a Book Report and ask a student volunteer to read the first section, 'Book Reports,' aloud.
  • Define what a book report is and allow students to share their prior experiences writing and reading book reports. Share some of yours as well.
  • Tell students they will be writing a book report and have another volunteer read 'Finding Your Book' aloud.
  • Review elements of fiction and nonfiction and ask students to choose which they'd like to choose for this project.
  • Give your students time to browse your class library or take them to the school library to select their books. Set aside until it's time to begin the independent book reports.

Direct Instruction

  • Divide students into partners, either fiction or nonfiction.
  • Give each partner pair chart paper, markers, and a text that matches their fiction/nonfiction choice.
  • Instruct partners to read the section that matches their choice, either 'Fiction Book' or 'Non-Fiction Book' together; then return to the book and jot down notes on the criteria from this section. For example, what is the setting, character and plot? Or, what are the topic and main idea of the nonfiction book?
  • Once all groups are finished with this section, have a student read 'Outlining and Writing Your Book Report.'
  • Have partners write their book report together using this outline to guide them, on the chart paper.
  • After the report is written, hang charts around the room.
  • Now, have partners visit another group's work and read together.
  • Instruct partners to use a different color marker to circle and notate different parts of the book report. For example, where is the introduction? What part tells about the main idea?
  • Give groups a chance to share their reports with the whole class; then hang in your room as a model.
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' together and take the quiz.

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