During each semester, you will be required to review one book related to any period studied in this class. A suggested list of books will be given, but is by no means exhaustive. If you would like to read a book that is not included on the suggested list, give me the title and author of the book and I will decide within one week. You will have most of the semester to read and complete this project, but DO NOT PUT IT OFF. If you read the book and finish the project a week before the due date, it will show. My suggestion would be to have the book read before the end of the quarter and work on the project during the second quarter. The due date will be announced in class.
Book Review Components:
I. Selected Book
II. Book Review Essay
Your essay should be approximately two pages in length and should include the following:
A brief summary of the book, including specific examples taken from the book
An analysis of the author’s purpose in writing the book (Inform? Entertain? Any bias?) including evidence to support your conclusion.
Explain the historical context of the book. What is the historical setting of this book? How does it affect the plot or characters?
To whom (if anyone) would you recommend this book and why?
III. Book Review Multimedia
In some format (other than essay), synthesize the content of the book. This is your chance to be creative. It may take the form of a character letter, original song, interpretive dance, painting, display board, dramatic performance, etc. The primary rule here is that it must relate directly to your book. If you have any questions or would like to check for relatedness, just ask.
IV. In-Class Presentation (approx. 7 minutes)
Your presentation should include the following:
A summary and recommendation of the book for the class. Your classmates will have the opportunity to ask questions about the book at this point.
Presentation of your multimedia component.
DUE DATE: _____________________
All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
For Whom The Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
The Scarlet Pimpernel – Emmuska Orczy
Dr. Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
Animal Farm – George Orwell
The Song of Bernadette – Franz Werfel
Captain Blood – Rafael Sabatini
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
Forgotten Fire - Adam Bagdasarian
“Socialism is Great!” - Lijia Zhang
Gulag: A History – Anne Applebaum
Mao’s Last Dancer – Li Cunxin
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood – Marjane Satrapi
Six Days of War: June 1967 – Michael B. Oren
Last Citadel – David Kursk
Between Shades of Grey – Ruda Sepetys