BOOK REVIEWING<br />Introductory Comments <br />by Rita Soltan<br />
Definition of a Review<br />A formal written assessment of a work consisting of 175-300 words, following a critical evalua...
3 Basic Elements to a Good Review<br />Description<br />Analysis<br />Sociological Impact<br />Horning, Kathleen T. (2010)...
3 Basic Elements to a Good Review<br />Description<br />Makes objective statements about the characters, plot, theme, or i...
3 Basic Elements to a Good Review<br />Analysis<br />  Makes statements about literary and artistic elements, including ev...
3 Basic Elements to a Good Review<br />SociologicalImpact<br /> Makes judgments based on nonliterary considerations, such ...
Article Review<br />A piece longer than 300 words with a focus developed through one clear thesis statement that allows fo...
Article Review<br />May incorporate more in-depth critical analysis of <br />Literary / writing style<br />Character  trai...
Article Review<br />May consider author’s former works in more comparative detail<br />May consider several different auth...
Article Review<br />May include specific purposes and uses of  comparative works <br />May include comparative sociologica...
Article vs. Review<br />Both an article review and a basic review will consider different purposes and audiences for evalu...
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AJL Reviewing Panel

  1. 1. BOOK REVIEWING<br />Introductory Comments <br />by Rita Soltan<br />
  2. 2. Definition of a Review<br />A formal written assessment of a work consisting of 175-300 words, following a critical evaluation that takes into account certain criteria for the genre, format and intended audience. <br />
  3. 3. 3 Basic Elements to a Good Review<br />Description<br />Analysis<br />Sociological Impact<br />Horning, Kathleen T. (2010). From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books. New York: HarperCollins, 173-174<br />
  4. 4. 3 Basic Elements to a Good Review<br />Description<br />Makes objective statements about the characters, plot, theme, or illustrations.<br />Horning, Kathleen T. (2010). From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books. New York: HarperCollins, 173-174<br />
  5. 5. 3 Basic Elements to a Good Review<br />Analysis<br /> Makes statements about literary and artistic elements, including evaluation, comparison, and mention of contributions to the field.<br />Horning, Kathleen T. (2010). From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books. New York: HarperCollins, 173-174<br />
  6. 6. 3 Basic Elements to a Good Review<br />SociologicalImpact<br /> Makes judgments based on nonliterary considerations, such as potentially controversial elements or predictions about popularity.<br />Horning, Kathleen T. (2010). From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books. New York: HarperCollins, 173-174<br />
  7. 7. Article Review<br />A piece longer than 300 words with a focus developed through one clear thesis statement that allows for a more in-depth evaluation and interpretation of the work through description, analysis, and sociological impact.<br />
  8. 8. Article Review<br />May incorporate more in-depth critical analysis of <br />Literary / writing style<br />Character traits and development<br />Plot advancement<br />Integration of background information<br />Accuracy of presentation<br />Purpose of effort and audience appeal<br />
  9. 9. Article Review<br />May consider author’s former works in more comparative detail<br />May consider several different authors within a specific comparative genre<br />
  10. 10. Article Review<br />May include specific purposes and uses of comparative works <br />May include comparative sociological implications of comparative works<br />
  11. 11. Article vs. Review<br />Both an article review and a basic review will consider different purposes and audiences for evaluation, recommendation and interpretation.<br />

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