How to Do a Book Report Without Reading the Book

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Writing a book report without reading the book can be easy or difficult, depending on your resources. When writing a book report, it is always best to read the entire book before writing the report. However, if you procrastinate or just don't want to read the book, there are ways to write the report and get a decent grade. If you have not read the book, you will have to spend time gathering information about the book to make your report believable.

  • Book
  • Internet

1 Writing A Book Report

Be sure the sites you use as resources are reliable.

2 Look

Look at websites on the Internet that have summaries of the book in question. There are several good websites.

In most book reports you will need to include the characters and setting.

3 Read the summaries

Read the summaries. The summaries tell the most important points in the book. They also include the setting, characters, plot and theme.

Focus on the most important facts for your report.

4 Read the summary

As you read the summary of the book make notes about points that you think are important for your report.

Organizing is important to the flow of the report.

5 Organize your information

Organize your information. If you have a guide that explains how the report should be done, organize the information according to the guide. If you don't have a guide, decide how you want to organize your book report.

Teachers look for the information they requested for the assignment.

6 Write the report

Write the report. When all of the information is gathered and organized, it will be easy to begin writing the report. Be sure to include the information that is required by your teacher. If you include everything the teacher requested, no one will ever know you did not read the book.

  • If the teacher asks questions about details from the book that were not included in the summary, you could fail a quiz or test on the book.
  • Sometimes you may need to read several summaries to get all of the imformation you need.

Tammie Johnson has been writing since 1989 and teaching English for more than 25 years. Her lessons have been published by various education websites. Johnson received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism and Master of Arts in education from the University of South Carolina. She is also National Board-certified in English/language arts.