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History 130
2
Critical
Book Review Assignment
Writing a
Critical
Book Review
One almost universal assignment in a college

level history class is the critical book review. A review
demonstrates several key objectives of the course
: effective writing,
knowledge of a particular historical
event, an understanding of historical research, and an ability to think critically about the works of others.
Book reviews
evaluate
written works. They offer a brief description of a book’s key points and provide an
a
ppraisal of the strengths and weaknesses of the book.
Readers sometimes confuse book reviews with book reports, but the two are
not
identical. Book reports
commonly describe what happens in a work; their focus is primarily on giving an account of the majo
r
plot, characters, and/or main idea of the work. Most
often, book reports are a K

12
assignment.
A book review gives readers a sneak peek at what a book is like, whether or not the reviewer enjoyed it,
and details on reading the book.
Typical book revie
w/critique
range
s
from three to five pages.
If you
exceed five pages, edit. No more than five pages.
This
writing assignment is
a critical review of the
book,
Coming of Age in Mississippi
,
by
Anne Moody.
Before You Read
We will use MLA format for this
writing assignment. If you need assistance, see the UP Library website:
LoneStar.edu/UP

Library. Scroll down to MLA. Refer to the Citation Guide.
You m
ay also use Purdue

s
OWL (online writing lab)
,
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/
. See MLA Guide.
Before you begin to read, consider the elements you will need to be included in your review. The followi
ng
items may help:
Author:
Who is the author? What else has s/he written? Has this author won any awards?
The best
place to find information about a particular author is in the Contemporary Authors database by Gale. To
find it: from Lone Star College’s
Homepage, click on Library. Next, click Find. Then select Article
Databases; find Contemporary Authors. You will be asked for your LSC library card number. Once you
are in the database, fill in the author’s name; you will receive a lot of information
about the author.
It is a
requirement
that you use this source for your paper. Do not rely on
Wikipedia
for author information.
You must document your research; use MLA format.
Genre:
What type of book is this: fiction, nonfiction,
a
utobiography,
etc.? Who is the intended audience
for this work? What is the purpose of the work?
This is usually found in the preface, forward, or
introduction. An author’s purpose is important. You will more easily be able to determine if the author
achieved that
goal
, which is a primary objective of the assignment.
Key Ideas:
What is the main idea of the work? What makes it good, different, or groundbreaking?
Characters:
Are there characters in the work? Who are the principal characters?
How do they affect the
story?
Do you empathize with them?
Read the book!
Read critically. Identify the author’s thesis, the main argument presented in the book.
See how the author uses evidence and examples to support arguments. Does the author use pr
imary or
secondary sources? Consider the author’s style
and presentation. Is the book well

organized? You
might think about taking notes as you read.
As You Read
As you read, determine how you will structure the summary portion or background structure of your
review. Be ready to take notes on the book’s key points, characters, and/or themes. Be ready to cite
significant details in the body of your paper.
Do
not
use direct quotations in your paper.
Do
give the
“essence” of the quote, in your own words. U
se MLA format in “giving credit where credit is due”.
You
are critiquing someone’s work; give that person credit for the ideas.
When You Are Ready to Write
You
r work should be original, but should reflect what you gleaned from the book. In using the author’s
ideas, do document those ides. Use (MLA) citations/ documentation throughout your paper. That should
be a requirement in any college

level course. Do in
clude a works cited page.
Consider this outline
;
however, it is not a model that you
have to
follow. Your paper must be in essay format, not showing this
outline.
See
My Writing Guide
for scoring guidelines. Your might want to be famil
iar with this bef
ore you
submit
your
paper.
I. Introduction
A.
Background on the author
B.
Author’s purpose in writing the book
II. Critical Summary
A. Determine the thesis of the book
B. Enough summary of content to support the author’s thesis
C
.
Find examples, “nuggets”
(
anecdotes
)
to support his/her thesis
III. Style and
P
resentation
A
.
U
se
the format outlined in my
Writing Guide
to a
ssist in your writing the paper
B. Pay attention to the “friendly reminders”
C. Type your p
aper. Use double spacing. Use a 12 point
font;
use either Arial or Times New Roman.
D. Use MLA format for your documentation.
IV. Conclusion
A. Historical contribution of the book
B. Overall worth of the book. As a “historian

in

training”
, would you recommend the book to others?
Why or why not?
After writing, critique your own work.
Is there too much/
not
enough summary? Does your argument about
the t
hesis
make sense?
Do your “nuggets” support/enhance your critique
?
Do “proof” your work. Use
spell/grammar check
and
read over your paper.
The paper’s length should run between three and five
pages. If it is longer than five pages, edit it.
Remember, no more than five pages is acceptable.
Submitting the Paper
(See cal
endar for due dates of the assignments)
1. You will need a cover sheet, to include: the paper’s title, your nam
e, your class (name and time),
and
the name of your instructor.
2
. Paper must be turned in
both
electronically, to the
Dropbox
(see below)
, and to me as
a hard copy of
the paper.
If you do
not
submit your paper electronically, you
r
grade will be halved!

 
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