Instructors do like to assign book report assignments, whether oral or in written format to 4th graders, and have you ever wondered why? Yes, you could think it’s an intentional way of forcing students to go deep into their books and read a large volume of books in the library. For sure, it’s even more than that if I can tell you the truth. Your instructor intends to broaden your understanding of today’s world and society, and that is precisely what good books do, they enlighten you to think and act the way the current trends in society expect you to behave regarding certain things. Books help in eye-opening and also in critical thinking. They aid in decision making, crucial eye-opening occurrences regarding experiences, and dealing with people too. This proves that a book is a tool that fully demonstrated that you have experienced reading books.
What does a 4th-grade book report include? - Depending on your grade level, book report content may vary. A middle-grade 4th-grade book report does provide the minimal or let’s say basic details as far as a book is concerned; for example, a plot summary, several comments regarding the scholar’s opinion, and general impressions. With book reports that concern students on a higher educational level, you expect them to be a little more detailed and even to deal with themes and other complicated things that regard book reports.
Tips on writing a book report: Read the book it normally helps!
Before going too far with the body of your 4th-grade book report, spend a few minutes to have all the following questions asked and answered at a personal level.
1) Did you find the book to be enjoyable? - You can opt to answer this question, for example:
“The book was great; I learned so much about people as well as different cultures. What an amazing author and man.”
“I really love this book, and it’s quite a rare combination, an account of a daughter’s commitment to her dying father. The book was pleasurable to read, and Mike Smith writes gorgeously.”
“I liked the book but not very much; it’s just a book of a wonderful man, father, and grandfather. It’s also a book about diverse cultures. The author doesn’t have acute observations, and sympathy isn’t all that put together to bring the real picture of sad moments. It wasn’t achieved so well I’d say”
2) Was it well written?
You can answer this question like this:
“The book is an account showing to what depths human beings can go to achieve something meaningful or worthy. The book is simply a well-written account depicting the struggle that human beings can reach. The book doesn’t, however, add anything significant to our knowledge-based regarding the first settlers of Poland.”
“It’s a well-written book, and it drew me from the very beginning. It made me feel like I was standing right there with them as they seek the treasures of the land. There are a lot of good books, and this is one of them actually. I truly enjoyed every part of it. Its rather crazy and fanciful story, though, but at its core, it unveils all aspects of today’s world and how human beings are, typically. It’s a powerful book.”
3) What was the book’s genre?
Was the book a satire or an anthology which is among the most interesting genres, was it on this list? Philosophy, Biography, Business, Chick Lit, Children's, Christianity, Classics, Comics, Contemporary, Cookbooks, Crime, E-books, Fantasy, Fiction, Gay and Lesbian, Graphic Novels, Ancient Fiction, History, Horror, and finally thought the list could never be exhausted; Humor and Comedy.
4) Who were the main characters?
In fiction, which characters did play the most vital roles that intertwine well with the book's overall theme?
William Brown (The Travelling Horn Player)
William is a rebel child in Suburbia. His overall instincts are against what is termed as social-climbing and the humdrum. He has a way of befriending the outcasts.
Flashman (The Discworld Series)
Harry is funny, more honest, and ideally less harmful than the many brave fools whose paths he double-crosses. He is just an admirable rogue
5) Did you notice ant reoccurring symbols?
In the book “The Old Man and The Sea,” lions are depicted to symbolize the youth, freedom, and immeasurable strength.
The novella starts with the dream of Santiago, who dreamt about the lion on the beach.
The lion does represent a hunter who is very wild, noble, and quite manly in nature and the lord and king of that specific area he is living in.
The lions also serve as a symbol of Santiago’s childhood as he reminisces seeing them on the beachside in Africa as he was sailing there as a youth man.
6) Is the book part of a series?
Is the book part of a more significant collection of books? For example, Harry potter, hunger games, lord of the rings, a song of ice and fire, among other interesting book series ever produced.
7) For non-fiction books, can you identify the writer’s thesis?
It’s essential to identify the thesis when it comes to non-fiction books. Typically you can simply identify this by being keen when a stance is developed that related to the topic of the book.
8) What writing style is used in the book?
Does the author use expository writing, narrative writing, persuasive, or descriptive writing? Have you seen instances where the author has used more than one style of writing?
9) Can a tone be noticeable in the book?
Has the author conveyed a tone in the book? For example, a tone can be introduced in a story using an adjective, which brings forth a feeling of fear, anxiety, excitement, worry. Foolish, smart or depressing moments
10) Did you happen to come across intentional biases or slant?
You can easily detect bias and prejudice:
• Did the author use inflammatory text, for example, racial descriptions and slurs?
• Did the author make claims to demean?
• Did the author provide evidence which openly is meant to support one side while ignoring information that may demean what the author is trying to support?
11) Conclusion of a 4th grade book report.
There is not going to be a change in the conclusion that the few pages synopsis did not tell us. Read the book and then summarize it.
As you are concluding, consider to add the following impressions and opinions:
• Was the ending quite satisfactory for fiction stories?
• Did the evidence actively support the thesis? (Still in non-fiction)
• What facts can be noted as being interesting as far as the author is concerned?
• Finally, would you ever recommend this book to anyone?
Make sure that your conclusion covers an additional paragraph with these additional points. You can re-state the name of the author in this section as well (this entirely depends with your rubric)
Sample book report 4th grade
“This book I read was fascinating. Full of so many things. It had all of the makings of a great book. The story...really interesting. All of the characters had their own role to play. The conclusion was one of the best I've ever read." - DT book report, c. 4th grade.
Just a recap:
• Did you find the book to be enjoyable?
• Was it well written?
• Did you notice ant reoccurring symbols?
• Who were the main characters?
• Did you happen to come across intentional biases or slant?
• Is the book part of a series?
• For non-fiction books, can you identify the writer’s thesis?
• What writing style is used in the book?
• Can a tone be noticeable in the book?
• What was the book’s genre?