Book Review Scoring Guide

Use this book review scoring guide along with How to Write a Book Review and Notes on How to Write a Book Review to help you write a successful book review.

LA I

Nearly Proficient

I give a basic explanation of how the book is important to the world and my life.

Proficient

I explain HOW the book is important and I give examples (summaries) from the book to illustrate my ideas.

I give specific examples from the book, my life, other texts, or the world, and explain HOW they are related.

Highly Proficient

I give examples of HOW the book is important. I analyze and explain HOW and WHY the book is important and I give examples (textual evidence) from the book with explanations to illustrate my ideas.

I give specific examples from the book, my life, other texts, or the world, and explain HOW they are related. I use textual evidence in my examples.

LA II

Nearly Proficient

I can often find and summarize events, main ideas, and supporting details and put them in the right order.

My summary may be too brief or too wordy.

Proficient

I can consistently find and summarize events, main ideas, and supporting details

I choose important details that help the reader understand.

Highly Proficient

I can consistently find and thoroughly summarize events, and main ideas, and supporting details & put them in the right order, adding my insights into the meaning of the events.

LA III

Nearly Proficient

I choose two quotes and explain what they mean or what is happening in the quote. I might begin to explain WHY they are important, but my explanation is simplistic and not fully developed.

Proficient

I choose two quotes and generally explain WHY they are important to the characters or the plot.

Highly Proficient

I choose two quotes and give a sophisticated explanation of WHY they are important to the characters or the plot, backed up by support of HOW those quotes affect the story.

LA IV

Nearly Proficient

I explain that I liked or disliked certain things about the author’s writing. I do not give specific examples. I may have summarized what I liked and disliked.

Proficient

I give examples of what I liked and disliked about the author’s writing. I explain how the examples made the writing better or worse.

Highly Proficient

I give specific ideas of what I liked and disliked about the author’s writing. I give examples to support my ideas. I use textual evidence so the reader can see examples of my ideas and how the author wrote. I examine specific techniques the author used (figurative language, dialect, dialogue, suspense, humor, and other literary elements and devices), give examples from the text, and explain how they affect the story.