You Must Read This - Book Report

Assignment Sheet

Name: Class: Date: My Presentation Date:
Some Tips:

  • KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE: Your class, Your Family and other students from around the world.

  • READ THE BOOK CAREFULLY! You can’t have enthusiasm for a book you haven’t read!

  • LIKE THE BOOK YOU BOOK TALK! Your audience will read (or not read) the book based on what you say about it. This is your time to make a personal recommendation!

  • DON’T TELL THE ENDING! Don’t spoil the book for your audience. Your goal is to get them to read the book themselves.


  1. What appealed to you about the book?
  2. Make notes about the basics of the plot, characters, and setting.
  3. Write down any passages or quotes you liked.
  4. The more you can record while the book is fresh in your mind, the better.
  5. Find the hook: somewhere in the book will be a plot, scene, circumstance, or event that “caught” you and you want to share that with your audience.

Your Assignment

You have 3-5 minutes to “sell” your book. Your goal is to get other students interested in reading the book too! In much the same way as a movie trailer gets the audience interested in a movie, you too need to sell a book in such a way that you get the audience wanting to read that book. Take the time to look at this movie trailer for Toy Story 3 and look at some of the techniques used to try to get you to watch the movie.

Guidelines for the book report:
  • At the start of your book talk, say something to catch your listeners’ attention. You may want to say something about why you chose to read this book.
  • Near the beginning, you must mention the title and the author and genre. If you have a copy of the book, please bring it to display. If not, please print a colour copy of the cover to show the class.
  • Then, describe the setting. Remember setting is time and place. You can use a visual if you like (i.e. map)
  • Next, describe the main character.
  • Then, describe the conflict (problem) in the book.
  • Read an excerpt from the book. Choose your excerpt carefully; it should make others want to read this book. You may want to mention why you chose this passage. Make sure your listeners can clearly understand what is happening in the passage.
  • Tell your opinions of the book. Why did you like it? Who else would like this book? Why should others read it?
  • Remember: The first sentence captures your audience and the last sentence leads them to the book. Using just the right wording in those two key places can make your book talk special.
  • Your report can take on any format you wish and you can use any digital tool to enhance your report. You could:
    • Stand in front of the class and deliver an oral report, while being recorded
    • Make a lego animation of your report
    • Use voice thread and record your report over a series of pictures
    • Use IMovie or Movie Maker and use images or movies to portray the book report.
    • Any other web or digital media tool to create an interesting report
  • Please remember to site your sources.

Once your book report has been completed it will be added to this website to encourage other students from around the world to read that book.

Sources Used:
* Langemack, Chapple. The Booktalker’s Bible: How to Talk About Books You Love to Any
* Audience. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2003.
*Kami Schroeder & Leslie Preddy, Perry Township Perry Meridian Middle School
*Creasey, Jan. “Book Talk Assignment and Rubic.” Book Talk Assignment and Rubic. 25 September 2007.
* ToyStory3 Offical Trailer

Pharaoh: The Boy Who Conquered the Nile(Ms. Fish’s sample)
Have you ever wondered what Ancient Egypt was like before the pyramids were built? If so, you should read the historical fiction novel Pharaoh: The Boy Who Conquered the Nile by Jackie French.

The novel is based on the true story of Narmer, the young man who united Ancient Egypt as one land. The novel opens in Ancient Egypt, in the time before the first pharaoh and the pyramids. The main character is a boy called Narmer. At the beginning of the story, he is fourteen years old. He is the second son of the king of Thinis, a large town along the Nile River. He is set to take over the throne, even though he has an older brother. This is because his father decided that Narmer was more fit to be king than his brother. In the novel, his father says to Narmer, “I did not make you my heir because you are my beloved son. I chose you because when I looked at you, I saw a king.”

Near the beginning of the story, Narmer’s older brother, Hawk, wakes Narmer up one night and tells him that there is a hippopotamus near the town, threatening to break the town’s mud walls. Narmer goes with Hawk to kill the hippopotamus and protect the town, but it is all a trick. There is no hippo, but there is a crocodile. It attacks Narmer. He manages to escape, but the crocodile has taken a big bite out of his leg. Narmer almost dies, but luckily a visiting trader and his assistant care for him and nurse him back to health. Because of his damaged leg, the king tells Narmer he should give up his right to the kingship, saying, “The people of Thinis need a king who can lead them in war. A king the other towns will fear.” Though Narmer does not want to, he resigns his claims to the kingship. Then, he watches his brother marry the princess of Yebu, whom he was supposed to marry. Now that he is no longer heir to the throne, he feels useless and unimportant at the palace. Rather than stay to work as a vizier for his brother, Narmer decides to go traveling with the trader and his assistant.

The rest of the book follows his journey with the Trader and his assistant through the desert and ancient towns of Punt and Ur. Along the way, they will have many exciting adventures as they do such things as encounter the People of the Sand, meet women warriors, and protect themselves against desert sandstorms. However, even though Narmer is having many exciting adventures, he can’t forget about his homeland. Read the book to find out how Narmer eventually makes it back to Thinis and what happens when he does.

Now, I’ll read an excerpt. This part comes just after the crocodile attacks Narmer.
For precious seconds he wondered where he was, and what had happened. His mind had been focused on the hippopotamus. He hadn’t thought of a crocodile.
Its first lunge trapped his leg. He screamed and twisted, so that he landed on his stomach in the mud, his head still out of the water, the great jaws still around his flesh.
‘Help!’ he shrieked. ‘Hawk! Help!’
There was no answer.
The croc was shaking him now, back and forth. Then it slid into the mud, and the water rose around him as the monster dragged him down.
Down, down... His fingers grasped frantically at the mud. He screamed again. This time the pain was too great for words.
Down under the water, the blackness choking him, the cold gripping him – all but his leg, which was a burst of fire. And then the creature rolled...
Over, under, twisting him, turning. This was the death roll, from which nothing escaped.

(pages 53-54)
I think this awesome book was great for a three main reasons. First, there was a lot of action throughout the book. The story was really exciting, and I always wanted to find out what was going to happen next. Secondly, I really connected with Narmer. I liked how even though terrible things kept happening to him, he never gave up. I really admired him. I also felt very sorry for him - sorry that he was tricked by his brother and lost the kingship, but because of the title of the book, I thought somehow he would rise to power. I just didn’t know how he would, so I wanted to keep reading for that reason. Finally, I learned a lot about Ancient Egypt and the lands surrounding it from this book. I already knew some things from History classes, but it was fun to learn more, especially about life before the pyramids were built. I also really enjoyed learning about ancient land of Sumer because that was located in southern Iraq, which is near to present day Kuwait where I used to live. It was fun imagining how the landscape looked back then because it is very different to how it is today.

So, if you want to be swept away by an action-packed story of a young boy who became the most powerful man in Ancient Egypt and who was told that his name would live for more than six thousand years, I suggest you pick up Pharaoh: The Boy Who Conquered the Nile.