For your ORP project this quarter, you will be completing a book review. Some reviews may be selected for use in the library; those reviews will be linked to a QR code that will be displayed on the library shelves near the book in question. You will be able to work with Ms. Plunkett to create your QR code and the final presentation of your book review, which may be in written or video form.
ALL BOOK REVIEWS MUST BE WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS, DUE TO
MS. PLUNKETT BY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013.
Below are some guidelines for writing a good review; a rubric for grading your review is on the back of this sheet.
Above all, a review makes an argument. The most important element of a review is that it is a commentary, not merely a summary. It allows you to enter into dialogue and discussion with the work’s creator and with other audiences. You can offer agreement or disagreement and identify where you find the work exemplary or deficient in its knowledge, judgments, or organization. You should clearly state your opinion of the work in question, and that statement will probably resemble other types of academic writing, with a thesis statement, supporting body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
Your review should be between 400-450 words. As you are typing a Word document, the word count appears in the lower left corner of your screen. When you have finished writing your review, hit “Enter” twice and type “Word Count:” and enter the number of words in your review. Remember basic formatting necessities: book titles should appear in italics; your review should include more than one paragraph, and the first lines of your paragraphs should be indented. Use Times New Roman 12 and double space your review. Use standard MLA format for your heading (name, teacher, class, date) and header (last name and page number). The MLA format template is on the CHS Library website, and there is a sample review there if you would like to look at one.
Rubric for Book Review ORP
Format (45 points)
Proper MLA format for heading/header; Times New Roman 12pt. font;
double spaced, book titles italicized; indented paragraphs;
word count is included at the end of the review as specified
in the directions on page 1 of the handout. 10 _____
Review is between 400-450 words 5 _____
Review has been proofread and is relatively free of errors in spelling,
grammar, and punctuation 30 _____
Content (55 points)
Review contains an introduction, body, and conclusion 15 _____
Body of review addresses the thesis/theme of the book 10 _____
Body of review balances opinion with example 15 _____
Review is logical, organized, and reads well 15 _____
TOTAL (100 points possible) __________