<Begin with a freewrite about your book. Write non-stop about your book. What have you been thinking about your book since you read last?>

The <first… second… third… final… chapters/pages/sections> of <Title> by <Author’s First and Last Name> might leave a reader feeling <strong adjective> because <Explain what it is in the text that might bring that response.> An example of this is on page <___>.  “<Copy a couple of lines or a paragraph from the book.>” This is <adjective> because… <Explain why in 1 or 2 more sentences.>

A reader’s questions might start on page < ____ > where it says: “<Copy another 2 or 3 sentences or a paragraph from the book>.” This is important because <Explain the biggest events or conflicts in the story so far, then go on to explain why you think this particular event or conflict is confusing, surprising, unusual, odd, or unclear.> The author seems to be making the point that <Make a guess — speculate — as to what point the author is trying to make with this section of the book.>

After this part of the book, most readers probably <will/will not> be looking forward to reading the rest of this book because <Add 2 or 3 sentences explaining what it is in the book that might bring that response.> What’s probably going to happen next is <Make predictions about what will happen next in your book, given what the book is about so far>.

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