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IN-CLASS BOOK REVIEW FORMAT Book reviews are required of each student. The book(s) will be chosen by the instructor. When writing the review, follow the appropriate rules of grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure. Grades will be based on content and quality. Use the following format to prepare your review: 1. 1. Give the proper citation of the book. Example: McReynolds, Edwin C. Oklahoma : A History of the Sooner State . Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1977, 477 pages. (5 points) 2. Write a brief biography of the author. Be sure to include: place and date of birth and death, if appropriate, educational background, place of employment, professional experience, and other works. . (5 points) 3. In 3-5 sentences. Identify the time period encompassed by the book Explain if the book progresses chronologically or if it addresses events by topic. If the book addresses one particular subject, explain how that event fits into a broader time scale (like the Renasissance era). (15 points) 4. Describe the sources used by the author. . Does the author use secondary sources or primary sources, or both? Is there a pattern or any interesting observation about the sources the writer uses. Are the sources all new or all old? That fact could provide interesting insight into the validity of a thesis. 2. Give a few examples of the material he uses as sources (outside information). A. Examples of primary sources include but are not limited to: works by other authors, diaries, letters, newspapers, government documents, and oral history. A primary source is an account of events at the time they occurred. B. Examples of secondary sources. A secondary source is an account of events based on primary sources. (20 points) 5. Analize the book using the APPARTS format for Point of view, Audience. Purpose, individual bias etc. Can you glean from the text if the author has a strong opinion about an event? Is the author objective, or does he express a liberal or conservative viewpoint? (40 points) 6. Write your opinion of the book. In a paragraph of 3-5 sentences. Organization. Discuss whether the book makes sense the way it is written or if it could have been better organized. Authors put a lot of time into organizing a book and sometimes they just don’t get it right! Clearly indicate whether you did or did not like the book and why. (15 points)