This work should also come with a good format. You have to start with the summary, which proves that you read the book in question. Remember, this is a college level report, so you are not just going to explain what happened in the nonfiction book, rather you will give a critical analysis of the entire contents of the book - just like in the case of how to make a business plan. Don’t ever try to use spark notes for the summary because it will not give all you need to know about the books. You should read the books. One advice (which has worked wonders according to the testimonies I get) I give to college students is to read the book and allow the book to assimilate by reflecting on the book before they write. So, when you are ready to write, you can now start with the summary. However, this should come after you have made the introduction, and the thesis statement. Remember that what you should do here is an overview of what happened in the book and not a plot-by-plot or chapter-by-chapter summary of the entire work. It is good for you to have organized the things you want to treat in the analysis section of the report before you write the summary, because the summary in actual sense should be talking about the main theme to be discussed in the analysis section. If for instance you are focusing on climate change, the summary should give concrete instances of climate change in the book.
However, just like every knowledgeable person would tell you, there are times when the professor assumes that everybody has read the book and will ask you to omit the summary. If this is the case, then you have to do so without questions. This again brings to light the fact that you must read your teacher's instructions well before you start writing. The main work lies on the nonfiction book report analysis section. Here, you move beyond what you read in the book to explain what you understand and offer a critique. Because it may be difficult for you to critique the entire book, some teachers will instruct you to focus on a certain aspect of the book. You have to adhere to this too. If the teacher did not give the area of focus, then you have to choose where to focus your report on. You should narrow it down to a character, plot, theme or relationship. This will help you to be more precise and avoid rambling. Your work is more organized when you pick a theme to focus on.
Your critique should focus on the personal opinions and reactions you have about the book. Remember, you are not writing a book review, which will include an evaluation of the book. There is one optional part that the teachers may expect you to do or not. This entails going outside the book being reported. Here, you analyze the book as it relates to the outside world and not just to yourself and your class situation. There are some cardinal points that will help you in getting a great report. We teach these to students, as well as how to make business plan.
- You should learn things about the author and the milieu in which the nonfiction book report was written.
- You must consider the intentions and influences that made the author write the way he or she did in the report.
- You must also consider the ways your knowledge about the author has helped you in reading and understanding the report.
When you are considering the strengths and weaknesses of the book, you should focus on the tone and style of the writing, the importance of the book in the field it deals with, the value of the book as it concerns what the intended audience will gain from it, how effective the argument of the author is and how sound and practical his conclusions and recommendations are.