Summer Reading List

 

Summer Reading 2018

Book Review Assignment - Required

THE ASSIGNMENT - Due 8/5/2018

Book Review

This assignment is 100 Points. You will need to read one novel from the reading list and complete the assignment below. This assignment will be submitted through Turnitin.com. Request to enroll in the Summer Reading Class using the Class ID 18063691 and Password SUM18.

 

 

(Length – 3-5 typed - double-spaced - pages)

 

The idea of a professional book review is to brieflysummarize the ideas of the book, but mainly to give your opinion about the book’s merits – it is a critical analysis of the book. Just like in the literature critique assignment, ‘critical’ does not imply that you are going to be mean or harsh in your review. It means that you are going to evaluate objectively whether the author(s) have fulfilled their objectives in the book, and whether they have used persuasive and unbiased evidence to support their claims. Did you find the book engaging? Persuasive? Did you agree with it? Did you enjoy it? Would you recommend it to others? What is the intended audience of the book? Does it succeed in reaching this audience?

 

Work hard on making your book review very readable to a general audience. You should have an Introduction, Body(discussion of the book), and clear Conclusion (although these do not have to be broken into explicit sections – you can write this like an essay).

Include:

(1) The title and author of the book you are reviewing

(2) The author’s objective(s) and audience

(3) The author’s main arguments

(4) Your evaluation of the author’s support of his arguments (provide examples)

(5) Your evaluation of the author’s interpretation and success with his/her objectives in writing the book (provide examples)

(6) Comparison with other books or sources if appropriate

(7) Your conclusions about the book

(8) You can rate the book - would you recommend this book to other people?

- why or why not

 

Be sure to put any quotes from the novel in quotation marks and to cite any sources used.

Novel List

  1. Throne of Glass Series

  2. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vazzini

  3. Fifth Wave Series by Rick Yancey

  4. The Mortal Instruments (series)

  5. Maximum Ride (series)

  6. The Furnace Series - Lockdown: Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith

  7. Period.8 by Chris Crutcher

  8. Delirium by Lauren Oliver (trilogy)

  9. Life as We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer (trilogy)

  10. The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

  11. Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilber

  12. Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick

  13. The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks

  14. The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline-Probably liked more by girls

  15. Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

  16. The Darkest Path- Jeff Hisirch

  17. A Walk among the Tombstones- Lawrence Block

  18. Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen

  19. The Demon King (series) - Cinda Williams Chima

  20. Son of the Mob-Gordon Korman

  21. Into Thin Air-Jon Krakauer

  22. The Kane Chronicles-Rick Riordan

  23. The Warrior Heir Cinda Williams Chima

  24. Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  25. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

  26. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

  27. The Naural by Bernard Malamud

  28. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

  29. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

  30. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

  31. A Separate Peace By John Knowles

  32. Dracula by Bram Stoker

  33. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

  34. Jayne Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

  35. The House on Mango Street by Susan Cisneros

Rubric

Summer Reading Rubric

2018

Book Report

Name: __________________________________________



0

Little or None

Below 50%

1

Limited

50-59%

2

Some

60-69%

3

Considerable

70-79%

4

Excellent

80-100%

POINTS

Introduction

*Title and author of the book

*Author’s objective and audience

Thesis statement

Introduces assignment with little or no effectiveness

Introduces assignment with limited effectiveness

Introduces assignment with some effectiveness

Introduces assignment with considerable effectiveness

Introduces assignment with a high degree of effectiveness

/10


Body

*Author’s Main arguments

*Transitions between body paragraphs

Develops the body of the assignment with little or no effectiveness

Develops the body of the assignment with little or no effectiveness

Develops the body of the assignment with limited effectiveness

Develops the body of the assignment with some effectiveness

Develops the body of the assignment with considerable effectiveness

/15

Your Evaluation of the author’s support of his/her arguments (provide examples - citations)

Evaluates the author’s support of his/her arguments provides examples/citations with little or no effectiveness

Evaluates the author’s support of his/her arguments provides examples/citations with limited effectiveness

Evaluates the author’s support of his/her arguments provides examples/citations with some effectiveness

Evaluates the author’s support of his/her arguments provides examples/citations with considerable effectiveness

Evaluates the author’s support of his/her arguments provides examples/citations with a high degree of effectiveness

/20

Your evaluation of the author’s interpretation and success with his/her objectives in writing the book (provide examples - citations)

Evaluates the author’s interpretation and success with his/her objectives in writing the book provides examples – citations

with little or no effectiveness

Evaluates the author’s interpretation and success with his/her objectives in writing the book provides examples – citations

with little or no effectiveness

Evaluates the author’s interpretation and success with his/her objectives in writing the book provides examples – citations

with some effectiveness

Evaluates the author’s interpretation and success with his/her objectives in writing the book provides examples – citations

with considerable effectiveness

Evaluates the author’s interpretation and success with his/her objectives in writing the book provides examples – citations

with a high degree of effectiveness

/20

Conclusion

*Concluding Statement

* Your conclusions about the book

* You can rate the book - would you recommend this book to other people? - Why or why not

Concludes with little or no effectiveness

Concludes with limited effectiveness

Concludes with some effectiveness

Concludes with considerable effectiveness

Concludes with a high degree of effectiveness

/10

Grammar

* Sentence structure, transitions, punctuation, spelling, capitalization

Uses grammar with little or no effectiveness

Uses grammar with limited effectiveness

Uses grammar with some effectiveness

Uses grammar with considerable effectiveness

Uses grammar with  a high degree of effectiveness

/15

Examples/Citations

Uses examples/in-text citations with little or no effectiveness

Uses examples/in-text citations with limited effectiveness

Uses examples/in-text citations with some effectiveness

Uses examples/in-text citations with considerable effectiveness

Uses examples/in-text citations with a high degree of effectiveness

/5

Works Cited

Uses Works Cited with little or no effectiveness

Uses Works Cited with limited effectiveness

Uses Works Cited with some effectiveness

Uses Works Cited with considerable effectiveness

Uses Works Cited with  a high degree of effectiveness

/5






TOTAL

/100



Why Summer Reading?

Summer may be your chance to take a break from school, but you can still continue your learning over the summer and have fun at the same time.

 

High school students that read during the summer months are more likely to score higher on standardized tests like the SAT, ACT and AP Exams.

While literary classics are vital to developing written and verbal skills, contemporary novels can provide just as much help and influence to students preparing for tests as well as classes.

 

Taken from the article “Fun, Smart Summer Reading Lists for Students” by Kathryn Knight Randolph - April 17, 2018.

 

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