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Global Issues Book Report

Read a book that you haven’t read before that discusses global issues, cultures different from your own, and/or a human rights topic and write a book report. See below for a partial list of possible books and guidelines for the report.


***DUE Tuesday May 24th, 2016***

Book Report Guidelines:

  1. Your report should demonstrate a reflective understanding of the book of your choosing. If at any point you copy paste someone else’s thoughts or regurgitate what someone else has said, this opportunity will be voided.
  2. Be sure to identify the book you have selected in your paper.
  3. Your report should be typed, single-spaced, and use 12 point Times New Roman font.
  4. You must include five full paragraphs (minimum of at least 5-6 sentences):

  • 1st paragraph: Give a brief summary of the book. MAXIMUM 8 sentences for this paragraph only.
  • 2nd paragraph: Discuss a part of the book that was of interest to you, surprised you, or was new information to you.
  • 3rd paragraph: Discuss some things that you agree with/identify with? Use specific examples (passages, quotes) of the book to support your answer.
  • 4th paragraph: Discuss ways in which the information in the book might be useful to you. What do you wish you could find out more about? Does the book inspire you take action? If so, in what way?
  • 5th paragraph: What questions do you still have about the issues raised by the author of the book? If you could ask the author 3 questions, what would they be and why?

Some of the popular books!

Do you have a different idea for a book? SEE ME to discuss BEFORE you write your report.

Book Choices and Authors: Check with our OC librarians for copies or the Oldham County Public Library.


OCHS library - Mrs. Unker in our library can be a huge resource in finding a book that is on or off this list.


Oldham County Main Public Library has also pulled these books for easy check-out. Just ask at the front desk.


  • A Long Way Gone (Memoirs of a Boy Soldier) - Ishmael Beah
  • Sold - Patricia McCormick
  • Chandra’s Secret or Chandra’s War - Allan Stratton
  • A Crime So Monstrous - Benjamin Skinner
  • Half the Sky - Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn
  • Hot, Flat and Crowded - Thomas Freidman
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains - Tracy Kidder
  • Kaffir Boy or Miriam’s Song - Mark Mathabane
  • Stones into Schools - Greg Mortenson
  • King Leopold’s Ghost - Adam Hochschild
  • How to Change the World - David Bornstein
  • 28 Stories of Aids in Africa - Stephanie Nolan
  • Escape from Camp 14 – Blaine Harden