P.S. A book review is NOT a simple summary of the book. Book reviews follow a format; so read below for the instructions.
Who is the author? What do we know about him/her? Is she/he qualified (expert) to write about the topic?
Identify the author’s thesis. A thesis is a statement capable of proof.
Does the author state WHY the writing is important? Does the writing fulfill a “historical gap?”
Does the author state HOW he/she is going to prove the thesis?
In this part you will give several examples of how the author substantiates his/her thesis.
What proof does he/she put forward?
Choose examples carefully to show how the author validates the thesis. Be specific here.
In this part you will determine whether you are persuaded by the author’s argument. Using the examples from Part II, you will determine whether they in fact validate the thesis. Use your TEXTBOOK as guide. Does the author’s claims match or follow in line with the textbook. (This will take you some time to flesh out.)
In this part you will evaluate sources and footnotes. Are the footnotes accurate and to the point? What sources has the author consulted? Are both sides of the conflict represented to the same degree, or is the author relying too heavily on only one set of sources?
Conclusion. Does the author prove his/her point? Would you recommend this book for others to read? Why or why not?
be sure that new paragraphs are indented 5 spaces.
12 pt. Time Roman Font.
Left Justified (no centering or weird spacing)
Be sure to insert page source citations into the text of your essay. Page numbers will in parenthesis will suffice.
Book Review Rubric
Book Review Rubric
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Introduction & Conclusion
The intro includes elements from part 1 and a clear point of view from the student. The conclusion includes elements from part 5.
-includes information about the book’s author -identifies the author’s thesis -describe’s the book’s importance
-Includes some information about the book -Contains a basic description of book’s importance
-lists basic information, but not thorough -basic, but not useful information about the book’s importance
-Does not include the book, or an introduction -No statement about the importance of the book
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Summary / Assessment of Author’s Argument
Does the student address the elements in Part 2 and 3? Does the student make claims about the work and show sufficient examples that demonstrate the author’s ability to prove the thesis? Does the student validate the author’s events in the writing with the events presented in the student’s textbook?
Student addresses: author’s thesis, discusses how the author defends thesis, and discusses wether or not the author proved his/her thesis.
Student: partially discusses the elements outlined in the instructions for the section. Notes will be attached.
Student: is vague or unclear with a discussion of the required elements.
Student does not offer a discussion of the required elements.
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Sources
Does the student address the author’s use of sources as outlined in Part 4? Is there a sense of bias within the author’s work?
Student: throughly discusses all aspects required in this section as per the assignment instructions.
Student: partially discusses the required elements.
Student does not address this required section.
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Grammar/spelling/mechanics/style/syntax
-Student’s work is generally error free with little or no major grammatical, spelling, mechanical (formatting), style, or syntax issues.
-Students work has some grammatical, spelling, syntax, or mechanical errors
-The work is hard to read due to major issues with grammar, spelling, and syntax errors.
Total Points: 50