PICK A NON-fictional BOOK ABOUT AMERICAN history or a historical figure. Assignm


PICK A NON-fictional BOOK ABOUT AMERICAN history or a historical figure.
Assignment Guidelines
Write a Book Review that:
1) Summarizes the author’s thesis/main argument
2) Summarizes the overall content of the book
3) Describes and assesses the primary sources used by the author
4) Provides reasonable positive assessments and/or critiques
Your Book Review Must Include
1) An Introductory Paragraph that does the following:
Introduce your reader to the book you have chosen
Provide a general introduction to the nature of the book
Identify the thesis of the book – aka the main argument the author will attempt to prove
2) One or two paragraphs that do the following:
Summarize the core content of the book, include a description of the various parts
If there are under ten chapters, perhaps a brief sentence about each chapter
If the book has several parts and more than ten chapters, focus on the parts
As you summarize the content, describe and assess the types of primary sources the author used to construct and support their thesis/argument
Consider the ways in which the different chapters/parts of the book contribute to the overall thesis
3) One paragraph providing positive critiques of the book
How did the author succeed in proving their thesis? Don’t give me fluff, like “I liked it.” Dig in and tell me why it was (if, indeed, it was) a good book with regards to the way in which the author convinced you with their arguments and use of sources
How did other elements of the book contribute to its success? Does the author have a particularly engaging style of writing? Do pictures or charts provided by the author strengthen the work as a whole?
4) One paragraph that both provides modest negative critiques and summarizes/concludes the book review as a whole
In what ways did the author fail to convince you of their thesis? Were there any elements of the book that detracted from the effectiveness of the overall argument? If your book was published several decades or years ago, did any arguments/elements age poorly?
What is your general conclusion with regard to the book?
Would you recommend it or not? For what kind of audience? In what setting?
Your Book Review Must Conform to the Following Format
Three (3) Full Pages
Heading on the top right: Name, College, Date, Class and class time
Title of book as title of paper, underlined, and including: Title, Author, Publication Information, Publication Date (See example paper)
12-point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced
Normal margins
Word Document or PDF
Submitted on time to Blackboard
A Few More Things
Do not quote from the book more than two (2) times in the entire review. Use your own words.
When you quote (see above) or refer to a specific part of the book, cite it like this (Page #).
Assignment Rubric (out of 100 points)
(F)
Evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty
Submitted after due date + grace period of three full days
(D)
Insufficient page length
Evidence of failure to read the book
Lack of attention to thesis, sources, analysis, and assessment
Incoherent and poor writing style
Lack of analysis and critical engagement
Copious issues re: grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling
(C)
Only minor attention paid to thesis, sources, analysis, and assessment
Confused and disorganized writing style
Minimal analysis and critical engagement
Some issues re: grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling
(B)
Solid evidence of attention to thesis, sources, analysis, and assessment
Good and sufficient writing style
Good analysis and critical engagement
Few issues re: grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling
(A)
Detailed attention to thesis, sources, analysis, and assessment
Clear and excellent writing style
Original, high-quality analysis and evidence of serious critical engagement
No issues re: grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling


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