Book Report Lesson Plan

Amanda Pappas

 

Analysis of learners:

††††††††† I will be teaching a class of seventh grade students at a middle school.They are fully able to read and write.They do not know much about American authors.An American author writes each book on the list.

 

Objectives:

††††††††† This assignment is to open the mind of the students and show them that reading can be interesting.

††††††††† This assignment will also familiarize the students with American authors.

 

Materials:

††††††††† 5 books, 1984, The Book of Three, Fahrenheit 451, Lord of the Flies, Brave New World

††††††††† Worksheets with the assignments on them

 

Procedure:

††††††††† The students will be reading each book as a class one at a time.I will assign a reading and we will discuss the assigned reading as a class.To check up on their reading I may assign a short essay on the reading or have a five-point quiz.At the end of each book the students will be able to choose one of the five options from the worksheet to do a book report on.No option can be used twice.Prior to reading the book I will go over the life of each author so the students can have a better understanding of why certain things appear in the book as they do.At the end of reading each book the students will get in groups and act out their favorite part of the book.Each play must be at least 5 minutes in length.

 

This is a list of the five books we will be reading.

Author's Last Name:

Orwell

Author's First Name:

George

Book Title:

1984

City of Publication:

New York

Publisher:

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

Date of Publication:

1977

Number of Pages:

314

ISBN:

0151660387

Genre:

Fantasy/Science Fiction

Grade:

Junior High

Subject:

Social Studies

Your Review:

An interesting story on how totalitarianism can ruin people's lives. Winston Smith is in danger from Big Brother and the Thought Police, because he can think for himself. This produces quite a quandary, in a world where one is told what to think, do, feel, etc. Winston finds the courage to join a secret organization, dedicated to the destruction of the "party", and this tale, while harrowing, is all too realistic.

 

Author's Last Name:

Lloyd

Author's First Name:

Alexander

Book Title:

The Book of Three

City of Publication:

New York

Publisher:

Dell Publishing

Date of Publication:

1964

Number of Pages:

219

ISBN:

0-440-90702-0

Genre:

Fantasy/Science Fiction

Grade:

Junior High

Subject:

Reading

Your Review:

Taran, and assistant pig-keeper, longs to be a hero. He starts his journey with a misbehaving pig that saves his life. He begins a dangerous mission with a strange assortment of companions to save Prydain, his much-loved homeland. This story has action, humor, romance, and gallantry. He battles The Horned King and his army.

 

Author's Last Name:

Bradbury

Author's First Name:

Ray

Book Title:

Fahrenheit 451

City of Publication:

New York

Publisher:

Ballantine Books

Date of Publication:

1953

Number of Pages:

147

ISBN:

0345342968

Genre:

Fantasy/Science Fiction

Grade:

Junior High

Subject:

Social Studies

Your Review:

This is a story set in the future - a story of a society where firemen are commissioned to burn all books. Guy Montag is a book-burning fireman who wavers in his faith that this is the right thing to do. His wife worships her television "family", and Guy eventually is led into joining a group of scholars, committed to keeping the contents of books in their heads, waiting for society to realize the value and wisdom in literature again.

 

Author's Last Name:

Golding

Author's First Name:

William

Book Title:

Lord of the Flies

City of Publication:

New York

Publisher:

Perigee Books

Date of Publication:

1983

Number of Pages:

291

ISBN:

0399506438

Genre:

Fantasy/Science Fiction

Grade:

Junior High

Subject:

Social Studies

Your Review:

This is a classic tale about some schoolboys who become stranded on a deserted island and how they struggle to maintain order. At first, the boys cooperate and work together, then some become lazy, and others become defiant. A good examination of how different personalities behave under stressful situations and a good lesson on the importance of maintaining a higher order of civilization.

 

Author's Last Name:

Huxley

Author's First Name:

Aldous

Book Title:

Brave New World

City of Publication:

New York

Publisher:

Chelsea House Publishers

Date of Publication:

1996

Number of Pages:

96

ISBN:

0791040844

Genre:

Fantasy/Science Fiction

Grade:

Junior High

Subject:

Social Studies

Your Review:

Huxley is a master at painting ideas and creating characters that add suspense to the plot. The story centers on a genetically engineered, drugged-out utopia and is frighteningly prophetic of many events in our world today! The main character, Bernard Marx, feels that something is missing in his life and seeks to get beyond the daily drug "soma" to combat depression and the "feelie" movie that stimulates the senses. A poignant look at what our world could become...

 

The five assignments that they will be choosing from:

1.     Write a two-page paper on the book.Discuss the plot, setting, main characters, and what the climax of the book is.

2.     Build a model of your favorite scene in the book.

3.     Make a poster showing the similarities and differences between the main character in the book and the author in the book.How are the authorís beliefs and lifestyle reflected through the main character?

4.     Write a brief background of America during the time period the book was written and describe how it is reflected in the book.Must be at least two pages.

5.     Write a poem or song about the main character. Must be at least a half a page.