Provide a general overview of the author’s topic, main points, and argument. What is the thesis? What are the important conclusions?

Book Discussion and Synopsis150 points (80 pts for the written portion, 50 points for end project – this part will be a group grade – others will evaluate you, and 20 points for being prepared for 3 small group discussions)Double-spaced, 12 pt font, Times New Roman5 pages max (must be thorough)Due: May 31 (blocks), April 27 (skinnies)Group presentations will be May 31 and June 1 (blocks), April 27-29 (skinnies)
You will read a book of your choosing (ideally at least one other person will also read the book). We will have a few discussion days in class – you’ll discuss with the other students who are reading your book (if no one else is reading it, you’ll tell me about what you’re reading) and present a project to the class. At the conclusion of your book and class discussions, you’ll write a synopsis of the book (no more than 5 pages).IntroductionHere you want to provide basic information about the book, and a sense of what your report will be about. You should includeTitle (underlined)/AuthorPublication Information: Publisher, year, number of pagesGenreA brief introduction to the book and the report/review.BodyThere are two main sections for this part. The first is an explanation of what the book is about. The second is your opinions about the book and how successful it is. There are some differences between reports on fiction or other imaginative writing and reports on non-fiction books.But for both, a good place to start is to explain the author’s purpose and/or the main themes of the book. Then you can summarize.Include the “benefits”/goals you hoped to gain from this book. In the conclusion, explain if it helped achieve these goals or if other “benefits” were gained.For fiction or other creative writing:Provide brief descriptions of the setting, the point of view (who tells the story), the protagonist, and other major characters. If there is a distinct mood or tone, discuss that as well.Give a concise plot summary. Along with the sequence of major events, you may want to discuss the book’s climax and resolution, and/or literary devices such as foreshadowing. But, if you are writing a review, be careful not to give away important plot details or the ending.For non-fiction:Provide a general overview of the author’s topic, main points, and argument. What is the thesis? What are the important conclusions?Don’t try to summarize each chapter or every angle. Choose the ones that are most significant and interesting to you.Analysis and EvaluationIn this section, you analyze or critique the book. You can write about your own opinions; just be sure that you explain and support them with examples. Some questions you might want to consider:Did the author achieve his or her purpose?Is the writing effective, powerful, difficult, beautiful?What are the strengths and weaknesses of the book?For non-fiction, what are the author’s qualifications to write about the subject? Do you agree with the author’s arguments and conclusions?What is your overall response to the book? Did you find it interesting, moving, dull?Would you recommend it to others? Why or why not?ConclusionBriefly conclude by pulling your thoughts together. You may want to say what impression the book left you with or emphasize what you want your reader to know about it.Include the “benefits”/goals you hoped to gain from this book. Explain if it helped achieve these goals or if other “benefits” were gained.
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Discussion dates (you and the group determine where you’ll be each time – roughly ⅓, ⅔ and finished):April 22, May 6, May 27