Fifth Grade Viking Project
You will be assigned a specific topic to research concerning the Vikings.
After gathering information from books, encyclopedias, and internet sources
about that topic, you will make an informative display to share with your
classmates. Together we will be able to form a “Viking Museum” and
celebrate “Viking Day”. Books are available in classrooms and school and
town libraries. A list of internet sources has been prepared and most of
these links are posted on classroom websites or available from your teacher.
For each topic, ideas for your display are suggested and might include
posters, models, illustrations, maps, and written information. You will be
assigned a topic from the following list:
• Viking daily life/government
• Voyages and exploration
• Food and feasting
• Games and sports
• Skald(poets)/Poetic Edda (group of poems)
• Runic alphabet
• Gods and Myths
• Burials/Rune stones
Crash Book Review
Due Date – November 21, 2013
Form: Multi-paragraph double-spaced essay with a cover
What is a Book Review?
• A description AND an evaluation of a book that you have read.
• Inform readers about books they may be interested in reading.
• Influence others to read the book.
• It DOES NOT give away the ending!
• A book review differs from a book report in that a book report is
meant to summarize and describe the story, while a book review is not
a "retelling." Rather, when writing a book review, you should provide a brief
description and then engage in a critical analysis of the book, which may
include evaluating the book's quality, significance, impact, and/or meaning.
In order to properly write a book review, you will need to thoroughly read
the book and take notes as you read. The notes that you write, however, will
not be used to help summarize the book.
First paragraph - Introduce the book to your reader. Mention the title of the
book and underline it, and tell the reader who authored the book. Describe
the type of story it is--whether it is nonfiction or fiction; a make believe
tale or scary story.
Second paragraph - Write what the story's theme and setting is. For the
theme, explain what the main purpose or idea of the story is -- whether it
involves being brave in a hard situation or the value of being kind to one
another. (See attached list of themes) Support the theme with evidence from
Describe the setting, or the time and place of the story. This could be a
long time ago, such as in the 16th Century, or the present day. The setting
also could be an imaginary place or a distant country. Mention how much time
passes in the story -- whether it is a day or 50 years.
Third paragraph - Explain what happens in the story in this paragraph. In
this section, called the plot, tell the reader what the main event or
conflict is about and what events lead up to it. Avoid giving away the ending
of the story. Also, do not give too many details about what happened in the
book so that you will have room to describe your feelings about the book in
your review as well.
Fourth paragraph - Explain who the characters in the book are in the third
paragraph of your book review's body. Point out the protagonist -- or the
main character -- and explain how the other characters in the book help or
harm the protagonist. Also, describe who the antagonist is -- the opposing
character with whom the protagonist must contend. Describe how the characters
Fifth paragraph – What is your overall impression of the book? Answer the
• Who do you believe is the intended audience of the book?
• What is the style of the author’s writing (i.e., informal or formal)?
• How well organized is the book?
• How did the book affect me on a personal level (i.e. did it change my
point-of-view on a certain issue?)
• How would you rate this book?