The reviewer must present information that will allow the reader to make a value judgment about the book. Reviews must have an introductory section to establish a focal point for discussion. The second part characterizes the author’s treatment of the subject, and the final section brings the paper to a conclusion. A conclusion must deal with the essence of the author’s arguments.
Engage in formal writing that requires utilization of all stages of the writing process;
Demonstrate reading comprehension through the communication of an original synthesis;
Identifying and ascertain relationships between texts and write to inform others about the content and their own arguments; and
Improve their ability to select engaging and appropriate evidence to support their argument(s).
Students are free to agree with the author on every point, disagree with the author on every point, or any combination of the two. The important thing is that students offer insights into what contribution they believe the book makes to the literature on the subject and who, if anyone might benefit from reading it. In reviews of two or more books the emphasis is on comparison. Therefore, the introductory section establishes a focal point of comparison between the two books. The second part characterizes each author’s treatment of the “problem.” The final section brings the paper to a conclusion by way of synthesis or repudiation; in other words, the conclusion offers a suggestion of an interpretive orientation consisting of elements of both perspectives under review or an argument against one or both authors.
Questions to be considered while reading:
Is there any bibliographic information about the author given? What are the author’s qualifications and authority?
Who is the intended audience?
Define the general problem area. What does the author intend to discuss? Why?
Does the author build on past research?
What is the objective or purpose of the research? Is it clearly stated?
Does the author define any terms? Are the definitions specific and useful?
Are references given? Are the references recent, important?
What are the author’s major findings and conclusions? Have these been supported by the author’s analysis, arguments, findings or evidence? Has the author overlooked anything?
Does the author accomplish his or her objective? Does the author do what he or she has set out to do?
Does the author suggest areas for further research or discussion?