Book Reports 2.0

By Anna Warfield

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Book report.

That term is used pretty loosely. Some people mean a detailed synopsis. Others want an in-depth analysis on one or more literary devices. Some people actually mean a critic's review of the book. There are even those who want EVERYTHING. Storyboard That wants to bring all of the different kinds of book reports together in a much more engaging medium.


The basis for understanding any piece of literature is to know what is going on. Being able to retell or summarize a story is especially important for students in the younger grades to make sure they can comprehend what they are reading. However, there are very complex plots and subplots in many pieces of high school literature as well, and a synopsis can be highly useful for discussing and understanding the structure of the story.

The Giver Plot Diagram Storyboard
Create your own at Storyboard That EXPOSITION CONFLICT RISING ACTION CLIMAX FALLING ACTION RESOLUTION The Giver begins in a utopian society where a young boy, Jonas, lives. He is 11 years old, and about to be an adult. Jonas is about to turn 12. This is the age when it is decided by the elders what job you will be given as an adult. Jonas is undecided, and worried what he will be chosen to do. The rising action happens during the selection process. The ceremony when each child is moved up to a new year. The 11's are last to be called as they will each be given their jobs. It is here Jonas number is skipped! In a twist of suspense, he is called last to be The Receiver of Memory. Jonas has been training as the receiver. Because of his position, he is allowed to ask questions that no one else can ask. He also learns about life before the "utopia". When he asks to see his father perform a "release", he realizes what it truly is - murder. With his new memories, Jonas devises a plan to escape with Gabe, a baby his father has been nurturing, and whose life is threatened. Together they escape, running at night, and sleeping by day. Jonas hopes they can escape to 'Elsewhere'. There is no definitive resolution to The Giver. In the end, Jonas and Gabe experience starvation, cold, and fear. However, they have each other, and a bond of love. The story concludes with the two sledding down the hill that Jonas was given a memory of, together. ?


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There are many ways to sum up the plot of a story, depending on length, complexity, and type of story. For a more detailed look, check out the following articles:

Literary Analysis

When reading literature, we want students to pick up on various literary devices and elements in addition to understanding the plot of the story. Literary devices enrich plot, character development, description, the reader's connection to the story, and so much more.

Here are a few of the literary devices and literary elements that we love:

Literary Elements in Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
Create your own at Storyboard That PERSONIFICATION ALLITERATION END RHYME IMAGERY ASSONANCE “He gives his harness bells a shake / To ask if there is some mistake.” “The only other sound’s the sweep” “Whose woods these are I think I know. / His house is in the village though;” “The woods are lovely, dark and deep,” “And miles to go before I sleep.” LITERARY ELEMENTS AND POETIC DEVICES ?