Young Adult / High School Book Share Form

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*General Details
 
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ISBN
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*Initial Reactions:
What are some of the first things you noticed about the book?
Describe the cover and/or internal art.
*Synopsis:
Please provide a synopsis (overview) of the book.  As you write your synopsis, you may want to consider the following questions:

Fiction:
  • What is the main thrust of the plot?
  • How would you describe the characters?
  • Where and when does the story transpire?
  • What is the conflict or problem?
  • Is there an identifiable central conflict or problem, or a complex of conflicts and problems?
  • Is the conclusion fulfilling?
  • How is the theme revealed?
  • Is the pace satisfying?
  • How does the point of view affect the story?
  • What stylistic elements are used?
  • How is the tone set?
  • Does the book remind you of others by the same author, or in the same genre?
  • Is the book part of a series or tied to another work of fiction?
Non-Fiction:
  • What is the purpose of the book?
  • What is the topic of the book?
  • What is the scope of the book?
  • Who will find this book most useful?
  • What level of experience is needed to use the information in the book?
  • What text structural pattern (sequence, description, cause/effect, comparison/contrast) is used to organize the book?
  • What text features are available (i.e. table of contents, headings, italics, maps, photos, graphs and charts, etc.)?

*Reactions:
Please describe your reaction to the book.  As you explain your reaction, you may want to consider the following questions:

Fiction:
  • How are the various elements of the plot (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution/conclusion) handled?
  • Is the plot primary or secondary to some other essential elements of the story (i.e. setting, character, style, theme, etc.)?
  • Are there any gaps in the plot?
  • Are the characters believable or phony, dynamic or static?
  • Are the characters flat or multi-dimensional?
  • Do the characters develop naturally?
  • How does the point of view affect the story?
  • Is the pace satisfying?
  • Does the book appeal to the intended audience?
  • Do you like the book? Would you recommend it to a young adult reader?
Non-Fiction:
  • Does the title reflect the book's purpose?
  • Does the book accomplish its purpose?
  • Is the book suitable for its intended audience?
  • Is the book reliable and accurate?
  • Do the text features focus the reader's processing of the text in ways that aid comprehension?
  • Does the text structure help the reader build a coherent model of the text?
  • What are the author's qualifications for writing on this topic?
*Teaching Applications:
  • How can you use this book in the classroom?
  • How will your students benefit from using this book in the classroom?
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