Week 7 - Writing a Book Review

Week 7 - Writing a Book Review - Week 7 Writing a Book...

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Week 7 Writing a Book Review Unit 2 – Writing and Reading Critically
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Questions to consider… Why do people write book reviews? Why do people read book reviews? What are the key differences between the Summative Report and Book Review assignments? What specifically do you analyze and evaluate in a book review?
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What is a book review? Simply stated, a book review is an evaluation of a book, usually published in a periodical such as a journal, newspaper, or magazine. Another word for a review is a “critique” or a critical analysis.
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Reviews in general Many writers evaluate and write reviews about various texts including films, plays, cds, songs, video games, operas, blogs, Websites, etc.
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What is an “evaluation”? (LBH, pgs. 150-163) Evaluating texts – books, films, video games, plays, etc. – requires a five-step process: Understanding the text Analyzing the text Interpreting the text Synthesizing the text Evaluating the text
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Understanding the text The best way to understand a text is to read it “actively”. You should Learn about the author and his or her background. Preview the context in which the text was written. Read the entire text and make lots of notes. Ask questions as you’re reading. Before reading new sections, review old sections and your notes or questions. Read or review all the information in the text including the introduction, table of contents, index, back-page reviews, illustration captions, charts, etc.
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Understanding the text For both the writer and his or her readers, the next best way to understand a text is by summarizing it. While it is very difficult to summarize a 150-page book, you should distill its essential points and themes into a modest summary that is woven into the body of your review. Typically, in a book review a summary is the equivalent of no more than two paragraphs. Including this summary early in the review helps readers understand text’s general meaning.
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