Assignment 1 - Book Review
Assignment: Book Review

Study the texts for this class (Early Literacy Storytimes @ Your Library: Partnering with Caregivers for Success by Ghoting/Martin-Diaz; Straight Talk About Reading: How Parents Can Make a Difference During the Early Years by Hall/Moats; and Teaching With the Brain in Mind by Jensen.) Choose one to write a book review, not merely a book report. In order to do this, you must analyze how the author builds his or her own argument.
The book review is to be 3-5 pages in length, in 12-point Times or equivalent font, double-spaced with one-inch margins; totaling about 750-1250 words. A bibliography is unnecessary, but the book you are reviewing should be properly cited (see below). You are not required to consult any other readings, but any that you may use (such as existing book reviews) must also be cited.
About 25% of your review should summarize the content of the book. Here you will discuss what the author says. This 25% may be concentrated in an initial paragraph, or distributed through your paper if you prefer to work from section to section of the book.
The remaining 75% should analyze and critique the author’s argument. Does the book convey an interpretive argument, or does it simply narrate events? What sources does the author use, and does the author give more weight to some sources than to others? Do the author’s conclusions follow from his or her sources, and does he or she give consideration to alternative interpretations?
Citation format: A full citation of your monograph should appear at the head of your paper, in addition to any title you want to give the review itself. The format of a full citation is:
Author, Title (place of publication: copyright date).
Thus, for instance:
William E. Klingshirn, Caesarius of Arles: The Making of a Christian Community in Late Antique Gaul (Cambridge, 1994).
In a book review you do not need to cite the book every time you refer to its contents, but you do need to give citations for direct quotes from the text. The format to use in this assignment is parenthetical citations using a short form of the citation, as follows: (author’s last name, keyword from title, p. #). Thus: (Klingshirn, Caesarius, p. 223).
Grading criteria will be: accuracy in conveying the contents of the book: evidence of critical engagement in analyzing the author’s argument: and correct English usage. For the latter, use Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style for a guide to proper punctuation, capitalization, etc.

Adapted from: Book Reviews. History 421 (World History I) and 435 (Western Civilization I) Dr. Jonathan Couser. Fall 2007, University of New Hampshire.



Your Book Review will be worth 15 points. Grading criteria will be:
Accuracy in conveying the contents of the book (4 pts)
Evidence of critical engagement in analyzing the author’s argument (3 pts)
Correct English usage (1 pt)
Correct citation (1 pt)
Upload to the space that corresponds to your book on our class Wiki (1 pt)
Make a thoughtful response to a peer’s paper (5 pt)

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