|BOOK REVIEW RUBRIC
OUTSTANDING EXCELLENT NEEDS IMPROVEMENT UNSATISFACTORY SCORE
SUMMARY Summary consists of a discussion Summary consists of a discussion Summary consists of a discussion of Summary is mostly an outline of
of major themes, ideas, and of major themes, ideas, and major themes, ideas and characters the book and does not discuss
10 pts characters providing at least 4 characters, providing at least 3 providing at least 2 excerpts from the themes or major ideas of the work.
excerpts from the work. It combines excerpts from the work. It combines work. It combines ideas from the There may be one direct quote
ideas from the book into new ideas from the book into new book into new sentences using your "thrown in" for effect.
sentences using your own words. sentences using your own words. own words.
QUOTES All direct quotes from the novel are 2 or 3 direct quotes from the novel 1 or 2 direct quotes from the novel are The summary contains direct
noted by citing page numbers in are noted by citing page numbers in noted by citing page numbers in quotes without any citation of
10 pts parenthesis. e.g. (48) (no more than 5) parenthesis. Quotes overused parenthesis. e.g. (48) page numbers.
AUTHOR & Student provides a detailed discussion of Student provides a limited discussion Student provides little discussion of The discussion of author and sources
SOURCES the author’s qualifications. Sources were of the author’s qualifications. Sources the author’s qualifications. Sources is vague or missing and lacks detail.
examined in detail and the student are examined in a limited manner, and may or may not be briefly examined.
determined whether or not they were the analysis may be limited.
20 pts appropriate for the work.
CRITIQUE Critique consists of thoughts, Critique consists of thoughts, Critique consists of thoughts, Critique consists of a basic opinion
responses and reaction to the novel. responses and reaction to the novel. responses and reaction to the novel. based on personal feeling of "I
The student reviewer reacts to the The student reviewer may discuss The student may discuss only liked it" or "I hated it" and is not
themes, the author's aims or intent, only two aspects, for example, one aspect of the novel, such as considered a critique because it
20 pts the subject of the book, how well it is themes and writer's style. There is not themes. This review just states, 'Well, does not focus on themes, author's
written and overall success or failure a thorough review of various aspects. I liked it." or 'Well, I hated it." It lacks a intent, or writer's style.
of the book. critical eye.
ORGANIZATION Structure of the paper flows and is Structure of the paper flows and is Structure of the paper does NOT follow Structure of the paper does NOT
easily read because of smooth easily read, but 1 or 2 transitions may a logical order. The writing or ideas follow a logical order. There are no
transitions from paragraph to be faulty or missing. There is some may "jump" around; it is not cohesive. transitional phrases that make it
10pts paragraph. The sequence of topics is illogical order in sequence of topics. there is not a clear introduction, easy to read the paper...OR...
in logical order. There is a clear cut There is a clear cut introduction, body or conclusion. review is just a copying of
introduction, body, and conclusion. and conclusion. the original book.
MECHANICS Uses complete sentences and a Uses complete sentences and a There are 1-2 incomplete sentences There are more than 2 incomplete
variety of sentence types. variety of sentence types. or fragments. There are also run-on sentences or fragments. There
10 pts sentences. are more than 2 run-ons.
SPELLING 0-2 spelling errors 3-5 spelling errors 6-8 spelling errors Over 9 spelling errors
FORMAT 0-2 formatting errors 3-5 formatting errors 6-8 formatting errors Over 9 formatting errors