Title of book: Author: Publisher: Publication Date: Things to Include in your notes: 1. Characters – analyze their traits and give evidence from the text to support your descriptions 2. Setting – Explain the places and times where your story takes place. Give text evidence to show these. 3. Figurative Language – When you find really cool fig. language examples, copy them down, tell what kind of fig. language they are, explain what they mean, and give the page # you found them on 4. Plot summary – You should keep bulleted notes of the important events that take place in your story 5. Conflict and Resolution – Keep notes on the problems your main characters are facing and the steps they take to fix these problems 6. Theme – Take notes on story events that give evidence of the theme of the story. Don’t forget to copy the textual evidence and write the page numbers down 7. Symbolism – Take notes on objects, colors, and other things that you think are meant to represent something else. For example: Our American Flag is a symbol of freedom and unity 8. You can also keep notes on your opinion of the story. If you really like a certain part in the story or quotes from characters that mean something to you. Character’s Name: Character’s Physical Appearance Textual evidence and page # Character’s Personality Traits Story Events that show this Textual evidence and page # Character’s Personality Traits Story Events that show this Textual evidence and page # Setting (places or time periods where the story takes place) What the text says (page # too) Why is it important to the story or plot line? Copy the figurative language you found. What type is of fig. language is it? What does it really mean or why is it being used. What page did you find it on? Possible themes Events that show this theme Textual Evidence Important plot events to help you write your summary Page #’s or chapters that these events take place on Major problems that the main characters are facing Ways that they solve these problems Items that may show symbolism (stand for or represent something else) What do you think the author wants them to represent? Textual Evidence (Include the page #) Excerpt or event that you really like or dislike Why do you like it or dislike it?