Choose a book from the Aquinas Academy Book List (to follow and posted on web site under “Parents” tab) keeping in mind that you have to do two book reports. If you would like to read a book not on the book list, please contact the school office for permission.
The second book should be a biography of a saint or person that demonstrates outstanding virtues.
As you read, do the following:
Make a note or highlight important points that you may want to discuss in your report.
Keep a list of the names of the main characters and the setting (when and where the story takes place.)
You may also want to note the numbers of any pages you might want to refer to later.
On the first four lines, write the following:
Title: (write in the title of your book),
Author: (write in the author),
Type: (write the type of book it is – fiction, biography, history, etc.)
Characters: (write the names of the main characters)
Optional: Write an outline of your report. What will you discuss in your introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion? You may decide later to adjust the outline. Right now, you just want a rough outline to help you get your thoughts in order.
Beginning Paragraph. This paragraph will serve as a beginning, or introduction, to your book report. The beginning paragraph should have a good beginning sentence, should attract attention, should give an idea of what is to follow, should be clear, and should make the reader interested. The beginning paragraph should be general and let your reader know the title of the book you are reading and what you will be saying about the book in your report.
Middle paragraphs. Depending on the age of the reader, there could be 1 to 3 middle paragraphs. The middle paragraphs should follow the rules for good paragraphs, such as having a good beginning sentence, at least three middle sentences and a good ending sentence. Each middle paragraph should develop the idea or thought presented in the beginning paragraph. The middle paragraphs are not summaries of the events in the book, but should explain what about the main characters you admired or disliked. (Preferably emphasizing and giving examples of virtues demonstrated by the main characters.)
Final Paragraph. The final paragraph should let the reader know the report is finished; it should also tell what the writer thinks or feels about the book, or restate the main idea or theme of the report. The final paragraph should not mention any new examples or details from the book.
The report must be double-spaced and can be typed or handwritten.
A book report is not a summary.
Underline titles of books.
A paragraph must have at least three sentences.
Indent the first line of each paragraph.
It can be typed or handwritten.
Proofread or have someone else proofread. Parents are encouraged to proofread with their child whenever possible.
We suggest reading the following article which gives you an idea of why we pick certain books over others.
Article by Theresa Fagan, author of A Mother’s List of Books.
SUMMER BOOK LIST: Grades 3 – 7.
This list is alphabetical by author. Some books give a grade level at the end of the book title.