Homeschool Book Reports:
Easy and Effective
Homeschool book reports are essential. Yes, a child can review a book in many ways, but "book reports" are the traditional means. Posters, speeches and illustrations are interesting and valuable. But the written report vividly show the child's understanding of the material and is an excellent exercise in clear thinking and writing.
First, remind your child to read the book thoughtfully, actively. He can highlight or make notes of important ideas, characters and events.
Next, emphasize to the student that he spend time just thinking. His paper needs to be more that just recounting events.
What is the meaning of the writing? Discuss it with him, asking pertinent questions which might bring him to better understanding.
Then outline to organize his thoughts. (If he tries to skimp on this, believe me, homeschool book reports will end up actually taking much more time and effort.)
Only now is it time to begin to write. The following is the typical five paragraph report. It is a guideline only. Change it as needed. Please note that both the sample book reports from 5th grade and 9th grade follow the outline but are adapted according to grade level.
At the top of the page all homeschool book reports begin with:
The first paragraph is introduction only.
The second paragraph explains a point of the thesis.
The third paragraph explains a second point referred to in the thesis.
The fourth paragraph covers a third point taken from the thesis.
Finally...the last paragraph.
Hopefully, this formula for homeschool book reports will ease the youngster into writing. He can sprinkle it with good adjectives and precise words. Include a question or exclamation. It should be edited at least three times before the final draft is handed in to you.
Clear thinking and clear organization, correct spelling, correct punctuation, correct grammar. An A+ perfect paper!
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