I'm writing a book report on Fever 1793, and there are so many good points that I'm not sure where to start off. What do you think I should do?

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bmadnick eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When I give my students a book report, I usually include a handout of the required elements. You don't say if your teacher has given you any parameters for the book report, so I will give you some ideas of what you might write about. If you have something more specific, please let me know. It would also be helpful to know how long it's supposed to be.

Literary elements are always a good place to start when writing about a book. I usually want my students to give me a brief overview of the following literary elements: setting, characters, conflicts, climax, theme, plot summary, point of view, and symbols. Sometimes, I will ask them to include flashback, foreshadowing, irony, and/or an explanation of the title. It depends how long I require the book report to be.

If your teacher hasn't required you to include particular elements, I would suggest definitely including:

  • setting: the time and place
  • names of the characters and a brief description of what he/she does in the novel
  • conflict(s): the problems the character faces in the novel, how she deals with them and the outcome
  • plot summary: a brief summary of what happens
  • climax: the most intense moment in the novel just before we know the outcome of the main conflict
  • point of view: first person or third person; if first person, which character is telling it
  • theme: the author's message about life or people

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any further questions. Good luck!

theknower | Student

first you need to jot down the main scenes/parts of the book in order

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