Critical Book Review Instructions & Grading rubric
You will write a book review on Our Global Neighborhood (2005) by the Commission on Global Goverance. Be sure to review the Critical Book Review Grading Rubric before starting this assignment.
The “Critical Book Review” should be 5–full pages in length, not including the title and reference page. Format your review in 5 main sections: introduction, summary, critique and evaluation, application, and conclusion. Do not summarize or critique the chapters chronologically. Consider the book as a whole. Avoid excessive quotations. State the authors’ view points in your own words and give specific page references when paraphrasing.
Give a brief introduction of the book you are critically reviewing. Be sure to inlcude a thesis statement of the major points, etc. ***Brief introduction MUST be 8 sentences long*** I highly suggest reviewing document “Thesis Statement for Critical Book Review” and use it as a guide for your thesis statement. Also review the “Critical Book Review Guide” to help you write the introduction.
Summarize the main theme of the book. What is the overall perspective, purpose, or argument of the book? If the author wanted you to get one idea from the book, what would it be? I highly suggest reviewing the “Critical Book Review Guide” to help you write the summary.
Critique and Evaluation
This section needs to balance the book`s strengths and weaknesses in order to unify your critique and evaluation. What strikes you as noteworthy? What has the book accomplished? In what ways was the book effective or persuasive? Challenge assumptions, approaches, or arguments made by the author. Does the argument make sense? You can offer agreement or disagreement and identify where you find the work exemplary or deficient in its knowledge, judgments, or organization. Provide concrete evidence for your assertions. Support judgements with references from the textbook reading in this course. Be sure that your critique and evaluation is balanced, respectful, and fair. Control the tone of your critique and evaluation. I highly suggest reviewing the “Critical Book Review Guide” to help you write the [critical] critique and evaluation.
This section should demonstrate how the book has enhanced your understanding of current public policy issues. Additionally, briefly assess a current public policy issue in current events in light of the theories presented in this material. You must also introduce new ideas that go beyond the book if they compliment ideas you have gleaned from reading in the book.
Give a succinct conclusion. In this section, you may use first person as you offer your overall evaluation of this material. Would you recommend the book to other ministers, to seminary students, or to laypersons? Why, or why not? What did you learn from this book? The goal of the conclusion is simply to end the review and to provide some application. I highly suggest reviewing the “Critical Book Review Guide” to help you write the conclusion. ***Conclusion MUST be 10 sentences long***