Major Theme—what is the thesis of the book? In other words, what is the author trying to tell the reader?

You will discuss five topics in your book review:

1. Major Theme—what is the thesis of the book? In other words, what is the author trying to tell the reader?

2. Sub-themes—what are the underlying themes in the book? Are there certain topics the author keeps coming back to?

3. Methodology—how is the book written? For example: Does the author use pictures or graphs? If so, are they helpful? If not, would the use of them have been helpful? Do you think there is a better way for the book to have been written?

4.Sources—what sources does the author use in the book? Are they good and reputable? Are there enough sources? Are they varied? Does the author use both primary and secondary sources?

5. What do you think?—once you have addressed all of the topics above you can give your opinion—your educated opinion. Talk about what you liked or disliked in the book. Are there things you would have done differently? And, most importantly, do you think this book is worthwhile? Does it contribute to the topic?

Short Answer Question Information–

Use the information you discovered in your short answer answers,

Of course in answering these questions you will be discussing what the book is about, but you will be doing it in a way that fosters critical thinking, not just summarizing what someone else said.

Remember: This is NOT a book report, but a book review. Do not merely summarize the book.

For the rough draft:

Write at least 3 (at this point) pages of book review content
Address at least 3 of the 5 questions above
You must include at least two quotations from the text
You must consult and cite two additional scholarly sources
All citation must be done in Turabian format. You should footnote your sources/quotes and conclude the review with a Bibliography page. 

Check the Example Paper provided in the content list for the class for proper Turabian format and citations style.

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