Book Review – Station Eleven

Objective

Write a review of Station Eleven.

Worth up to 25 points of extra credit. Specific Requirements – 3 to 5 Pages – College-level writing – Free of typographical and other basic editing errors – Academic tone is evident (relatively formal in style, avoids the use of contractions, colloquialisms, and other too familiar phraseology) – Paragraphs are well-developed with a clear topic sentence and supporting evidence (4 to 8 sentences per paragraph) – MLA Source citations when appropriate GENERAL GUIDELINES While you are reading the book, take notes about the following issues: – What is the author’s main goal in writing this book? (Convince you of his position on a controversy?

Explain the background of an event? Raise awareness of a particular issue?) – What are the author’s main points? –

What kind of evidence does the author provide to make his or her points?

How convincing is this evidence? – Is the book well written? (Easily understandable? Good style? –

What group of readers would find this book most useful (Lay people? Students? Experts in the area?)

A book review usually has the following components:

1. Introduction (one or two paragraphs) 1. Bibliographic information (author, title, date of publication, publisher, number of pages, type of book)

2. A brief overview of the theme, purpose and your evaluation 2. Summary of the content (about two pages)

1. A brief summary of the key points of each chapter or group of chapters

2. Paraphrase the information, but use a short quote when appropriate 3. Evaluation and conclusion (about one page)

1. Give your opinion about the book. Is the book easy to read or confusing? Is the book interesting, entertaining, instructive?

Does the author support his arguments well?

What are the book’s greatest strengths and weaknesses?

Who would you recommend the book to?

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