Tips on Book Reports - NonFiction
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See also: Tips on Book Reports - Fiction

Basic Elements Discussed in a Book Report on Nonfiction

1. Title and Theme
  • Identify the underlying idea(s).
  • How is the title related to the theme?
  • What problems are presented?
  • How are they resolved?
  • Are the problems universal or limited to the author?
  • These are some of the questions to be considered.

2. Author, Point of View, and Purpose

  • Give details of the author’s life that have a bearing upon his writing.
  • What are the author’s viewpoint and purpose?

3. Summary of the Major Points

These may be events, crises, incidents, etc.

4. Personal Comment

  • This is your response to the work. How did it make you feel?
  • In your opinion, what are the major strengths and weaknesses of this particular work?