For May, select a book from the List:
May Book. It is Due May 31.

  • The book review should include title (in italics) and the author's name.
  • The book review shall be typed. Use 12 point Times Roman, double space.
  • Heading:
    
    Your Name                            May 31, 2006
    Class, Period                        Mr Nellen
    Assignment: Book Review 4
    
                   Your Title
    
  • Your title should reflect theme of your book review and may not be just the title of the book you read.
  • The book report shall be a minimum of 250 words.
  • Write a critical essay in which you discuss the novel you have read from the particular perspective from ONE of the statements that is provided for you in the "critical lens". In your essay, provide a valid interpretation of the statement, agree or disagree with the statement as you have interpreted it, and support your opinion using specific references to appropriate literary elements from the novel.
      Critical Lens: Julia Alverez writes on her website:
      I finally got my own name back! I will miss AlvarezJulia.com. It was kind of fitting that I had a backwards address: All my life I've done things by the seat of my pants. Why not my website!
      Use the above self-description of herself as your critical lens of the book of hers you chose to read. Use the statement, "All my life I've done things by the seat of my pants." as the critical lens to one of her books.
  • Guidelines:
    * Provide a valid interpretation of the critical lens that clearly establishes the criteria for analysis
    * Indicate whether you agree or disagree with the statement as you have interpreted it
    * How does the book you have read best support your opinion
    * Use the criteria suggested by the critical lens to analyze the novel you have chosen
    * Do not summarize the plot but use specific references to appropriate literary elements (for example, theme, characterization, structure, language, point of view) to develop your analysis
    * Organize your ideas in a unified and coherent manner
    * Specify the title and author of the novel you read
    * Follow the conventions of standard written English