i) Book Review ? An 8-10 page book review of one of the ?Scriptures? that is foundational to a world religion that is discussed in this course (for example, for Christianity ? the Gospel
, for Judaism ? the Torah, for Confucianism ? the Analects). The book review is to be of a sacred scripture itself (not of a book about a sacred scripture) and must follow the standard guidelines below:
i) Introduction (6 marks
(1) A general description of the book: title, author, subject and format. Here you can include details about who the author is and where he/she stands in this field of inquiry. You can also link the title to the subject to show how the title explains the subject matter.
(2) A brief summary of the purpose of the book and its general argument or theme. Include a statement about who the book is intended for.
(3) Your thesis about the book: is it a suitable/appropriate piece of writing about the problem for the audience it has identified?
ii) Summary of Content (2 marks
(1) This can be done in the same way that it is done for the simple book report (do not spend too much time or paper on this section, as the analysis and evaluation of content is more important than a simple summary).
iii) Analysis of Text (10 marks
(1) What is the writer's style: simple/technical, persuasive/logical?
(2) How well does the organizational method (comparison/contrast; cause/effect; analogy; persuasion through example) develop the argument or theme of the book? (Give examples to support your analysis.)
(3) What evidence does the book present to support the argument? How convincing is this evidence? (Select pieces of evidence that are weak, or strong, and explain why they are such.)
(4) How complete is the argument?
(5) Are there facts and evidence that the author has neglected to consider? (You may need to refer to other relevant material)
iv) Evaluation of the Text (6 marks
(1) Give a brief summary of all the weakness and strengths you have found in the book. Does it do what it set out to do?
(2) Evaluate the book's overall usefulness to the audience it is intended for.
v) The paper must be written in the Modern Language Association format (MLA).
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