January Book Report

Grade 6 Mrs. Cottenie

Historical Fiction or Non-Fiction Novel

Due Feb. 8, 2013

Due dates

  • choose book Jan. 3-8
  • Read book at home and spare time Jan. 3-25 (plan your reading time, if your book is 300 pages long – you should read about 20 pages a day.)
  • Jan. 26- Feb 5 Work on written report/proofread
  • Due date  Feb. 8, 2013

This month you have a report to write about your book.  To do your report, you will need to read your book and do some research on the actual event that the book is about.  Your report will include:

  1.  A title page
  2. A written report of a minimum of 5 paragraphs
  3. A bibliography

In your written report, your first paragraph (or two) will be a summary of the main characters and events in your novel.

For the following 3 paragraphs, you must ask 3 questions that you have about the actual event and you will answer those 3 questions in paragraphs.  One question answer per paragraph.  This may require some research so don’t leave this until the night before it is due.  Look at the library for information ahead of time or on the internet.

The final paragraph will be your opinion of the book.  What you enjoyed and why or why not- give good explanations with reasons.

Your project will be marked on:

Title page – 10 points, ask yourself:  is my title page attractive?  Are my letters well spaced?  Is the title of the book, the name of the author as well as my name on the page?

Content- 30 points, Ask yourself: Is all of the above criteria answered?  Do I have 5 complete paragraphs?  Is my spelling corrected? Did someone proof read my work?

Bibliography – 10 points: ask yourself did I follow the steps outlined on the attached sheet and sample- a bibliography is a list of books and sites you used to get information for your report. You write them down at the end of your report.

One Bonus mark for handing it in 1 day early.

Writing a Bibliography


  •   A bibliography is a list of books and sources found at the end of a   book or research paper.
  •   This list tells the reader about other books/sources written on the   same topic or names

the books/sources   used by the author (you) for his/her research.

  •   You always write ideas in your own words but the bibliography shows   you where

the information came from .

  •   There are several styles of bibliography and each style has specific   rules.

  1. The title BIBLIOGRAPHY should be centered at the top of the page.
  2. The books/sources should be listed alphabetically according to the author’s last name.

If no author is given, list by   title.  Do not number.

  1. There should be 1” to 1 ½” margins on both sides of the page and at the top and bottom of the page.
  2. The first line of a bibliography entry starts at the left-hand margin.

The second, third, and any consecutive lines   are indented six spaces.

  1. For books, first write the  author’s last name, then a comma, then first name, then a period.

Next, write the title of the book and   underline it with a ruler.

Put a period after the title.

Write the name of the place where the   book was published, then put a colon (:).

Next, write the name of the company which   published the book,

a comma, and then the date of   publication.  Put a period at the end.

  1. Skip a line between each entry.
  2. Encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, CD-ROM’s, and the Internet

are all a little different, so check the examples below to see the format.




Beasant, Pam.  The   Unexplained.  Toronto:  Collins Sons and Co., 2011.

“Bigfoot.”  Grolier   Multimedia Encyclopedia.  1990 Ed.

Cohen, Daniel. “Bigfoot.” The World   Book Encyclopedia. 1998 Ed., Vol. 2,
p. 298.

Ellis, William S. “Loch Ness: The Lake   and the Legend.” National Geographic. June, 1977,
pp. 759-779.

Evslin, Bernard, et. al. Heroes   and Monsters of Greek Myth.  Toronto: Scholastic Inc., 1967.

Garner, Betty Sanders.  Canada’s   Monsters.  Owen Sound, Ont.:  Potlatch Publications, 1976.

Roivin, Jeff.  The   Encyclopedia of Monsters.  New York:  Facts on File Inc., 2008.

Welch, Ollie. “Bigfoot: A Unique Northwest   Mystery.” July 24, 2011. Online.



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4 responses to “January Book Report

  1. bobbertmermaid

    when we are writing the book report are we suppose to write on every second line

  2. puppielover6

    about how long do your paragraphs have to be for the question answer because mine are about 5 or 6

  3. bobbertmermaid

    when we are doing are bibliography are we suppose to put the name of our book report book in it

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