Be sure to connect concepts of your text with our course’s reading, viewing, & d

Be sure to connect concepts of your text with our course’s reading, viewing, & discussing.  You will be assessed on your clear thesis/position/argument; summary; critique and analysis; application of course objectives to your critique and analysis; mechanics; style/structure/voice; and author/context/overall effectiveness.
Introduction. All good pieces of academic writing should have an introduction, and book reviews/analyses are no exception. Open with a general description of the premise, topic, theme, and/or problem addressed by the work. Think, if possible, of a hook to draw your readers in
Summary of argument. Your review should, as concisely as possible, summarize the book’s premise. What, ultimately, is this book’s raison d’être? Why did the author write this work?  What story does it tell—and what could an educator learn from it? About the author(s).Some basic biographical information about the author of the book you are reviewing is necessary. Who are they? What are they known for? What particular sorts of qualifications and expertise do they bring to the subject?  Why should we care about their story—and what can we learn from them?
Summary of contents. A reasonably thorough indication of what the story is about, including the range of substantive material and experiences covered in the book. The next four sections should be the longest/most developed
Connections.  In addition to “reviewing/analyzing/synthesizing the final text you read you should identify a few of the most interesting ideas or points and connect them to other readings/viewings we have explored in this course.
Strengths. Identify particular areas in which you think the book does well. This should, ideally, be the greatest strengths and what captured your interest/attention as a reader.
Areas for Improvement. Identify areas in which you think the book could be improved. While these areas might be related to something you challenge, it is more likely to be something that the author omitted or neglected to address/expand upon in sufficient detail.
Conclusion. End your review with a concluding statement summarizing your opinion of the book. You should also explicitly identify a range of audiences whom you think would appreciate reading or otherwise benefit from the book AND if you recommend its reading.

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