Choose an academic book or
article you wish to review and craft a grammatically accurate and stylistically
appropriate review. The review will be approximately one page in length and
follow expository guidelines: It will have a thesis, substantiating arguments
or evidence, references to the book or article in question, and a conclusion.
This assignment will include at least one editing session with the instructor
or with a student team.
Your article or book review should contain at least four
paragraphs. But it could contain five,
too. That way, you will have a standard five-paragraph essay.
Here’s what each paragraph should look like:
In this paragraph you should indicate which article you have
selected; you should also indicate the name of the author of the article. Then, you should find out the main ideas of
the article (two or three, depending on how many body paragraphs you intend to
create) and mention them here. The
introduction should also contain a thesis in which you may state why you chose
this particular article.
(2 or 3)
In the body paragraphs, you should address the main ideas of
the article. Ideally, you should find and address three ideas –and create three body paragraphs. In each
paragraph, you should quote and/or paraphrase from the article, and then
elaborate on what you have quoted or paraphrased. These will be your
substantiating arguments or evidence. Of course, you have to make sure each
paragraph is internally coherent, just as you have to make sure that all the
body paragraphs relate to one another and are connected to the thesis stated in
this paragraph you should briefly summarize the entire review. You may want to
very briefly restate why you chose this article and then tell the reader
whether the facts you found and reported in the body paragraphs confirmed your
initial impression of the article. You may also want to say a few words about
what you learned from this article.