Tuesday, March 11, 2008

BTE 3-4D: Intro to Humanities

Book Review:

This is a group activity for your finals of which the max number of students per group will be 5.

List of books to choose from:

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Reign of Pippin the Short by John Steinbeck
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

First Page:

(center) PUP
Your college
Sta. Mesa, Manila

This book review
(title of the book)
(publisher, year it was published)

is submitted to

Prof. Anna Rose S. Fueconcillo

As partial fulfillment of the course requirements for the subject Intro to Humanities (HU110)

submitted by:

Date: March 28, 2008

Guide Questions:

  • Title - What does it suggest?

  • Preface or Introduction - Provides important information about the author's intentions or the scope of the book. Can you identify any limitations? Has the author ignored important aspects of the subject?

  • Table of Contents - Shows how the book's organized -- main ideas, how they're developed (chronologically, topically, etc.)

Author and Style:

  • What's the general field or genre? Does the book fit?

  • From what point of view is the book written?

  • Do you agree or disagree with the author's point of view?

  • Can you follow the author's thesis, "common thread"?

  • What is the author's style? Formal? Informal? Suitable for the intended audience?

  • Are concepts well defined? Is the language clear and convincing? Are the ideas developed? What areas are covered, not covered?How accurate is the information?

  • Is the author's concluding chapter, the summary, convincing?

  • If there are footnotes, do they provide important information? Do they clarify or extend points made in the text?

  • If relevant, make note of the book's format - layout, binding, etc. Are there maps, illustrations? Are they helpful?

  • Is the index accurate? What sources did the author use -- primary, secondary? Make note of important omissions.

  • What did the book accomplish? Is more work needed? Compare the book to others by this author, or books in this field by other authors. (Use the books listed in the bibliography.)

Writing the Review:

  • What was the story about?
  • Who were the main characters?
  • Were the characters credible?
  • What did the main characters do in the story?
  • Did the main characters run into any problems? Adventures?
  • Who was your favorite character? Why?
  • Could you relate to any of the characters in the story?
  • Have you ever done or felt some of the things, the characters did?
  • Did you like the book?
  • What was your favorite part of the book?
  • Do you have a least favorite part of the book?
  • If you could change something, what would it be? (If you wish you could change the ending, don't reveal it!)
  • Would you recommend this book to another person?
  • What type of person would like this book?

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