BOOK REPORT REQUIREMENTS:
Choose any PLAY (no novel, poem, or non-fiction) you haven't read before (it's not required, but I would suggest reading one of the older works like Shakespeare or one of the ancient Greek plays) from the reading list EXCEPT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
The Glass Menagerie,
Romeo and Juliet,
Much Ado About Nothing,
A Raisin in the Sun
The Importance of Being Ernest,
The Merchant of Venice,
or The Taming of the Shrew.
IF YOUR BOOK IS NOT A PLAY, IF YOUR PLAY IS NOT ON THE READING LIST, OR IF YOUR PLAY IS ON THE ABOVE LIST, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CREDIT FOR THE REPORT. I'M NOT KIDDING. DOUBLE AND TRIPLE CHECK.
Your report must be typed in PERFECT MLA format, in active, academic voice, and include the following:
- The title, author, and first publication date
- A one-paragraph summary of the work.
- A one-paragraph explanation of the main theme or argument of the work.
- A one-sentence statement of the theme or argument (like a thesis statement). Please make sure you are not just listing a subject or a topic. The theme should be an argument about what the work is saying about that subject or topic.
- Six "golden passage" quotes from the work that contain examples of structural elements (direct or indirect characterization, dramatic irony, verbal irony, situational irony, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution, exposition, foreshadowing, flashback, etc.) that support the theme. Each quote should be accompanied by a paragraph explanation of the element and how it is used to support the work's main argument.
- A four-paragraph essay analyzing the author's choices in structure or characterization, how those choices compare to a work we have covered in class, and the effect those choices have on the work as a whole.
- A completed reading record for the work.
YOUR BOOK REPORT IS DUE BY DECEMBER 5th FOR A DAY AND 6th FOR B DAY. THEY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED LATE FOR CREDIT. THIS IS NOT A "DUE DATE." IT IS A DEADLINE. YOU MAY TURN IN YOUR REPORT EARLY.