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Below I will copy and paste directions and then I will drop in a file of my first book report for the same exact class which received an A. Please follow all of the directions and use the book review file as an example please!! If you need anything else at all, please let me know!!
The book review should draw on the literary criticism techniques discussed in “How to Read Literature” by Terry Eagleton (the course text). You should use APA format to reference the Eagleton text throughout your paper as well as the book your are reviewing. You may organize the review addressing each of the topics in Chp 1-5 of Eagleton’s text. Utilize the course lectures on Chp 1-5 of Eagleton’s text to understand how to examine and review your book.
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You will be getting feedback on your submissions from your mentor within 2 weeks of submission. This explains how to view grading feedbackLinks to an external site..
You may structure your review like this:
Introduction – 1 paragraph
Sometimes it is best to write this last! It summarizes what you are about to talk about.
This is where you put your thesis statement (the Book Review OUTLINE Assignment Descriiption for Thesis Guidance)
Body – 5-10 paragraphs
Openings
Identify at least 1 or more literary tactic that the author used to open the book. Was it effective? Why or Why not?
Characters
How did you learn about the characters? Was it an effective way to learn about the characters? Why or Why not? Did you get to know one character more than others? Why?
Narrative
Who is telling the story? From what point of view? Do you think that was a good selection? Consider another point of view from where the story could have been told… how would have that impacted the story.
Interpretation
What school of criticism most accurately reflects what you think the themes and symbols of the novel are trying to communicate?
Why did you select that school of criticism?
Provide at least 2 examples of the themes, signs, symbols, language character that you think are connected to the school of criticism you selected.
Value
What does the school of criticism that you selected value?
What does the school of criticism that you selected think is important?
What does the school of criticism that you selected emphasize?
Provide at least 2 examples from the book that demonstrate what it values.
Sport Themes
This should be a separate paragraph or 2.
In addition to this paragraph Sport Themes can be mentioed in earlier paragraphs (i.e. characters, value, etc).
What role did sport play in the book? Was sport as a theme obvious or more subtle? Was the role sport played powerful? Did it make you think deeply about the topic? Did it have an impact on your view of the world?
Conclusion – 1 paragraph
These should look similar to the introduction. It should not introduce new ideas. It should summarize what you just wrote about in the body of your paper.