must read book Dahl, Robert A. How Democratic is the American Constitution? Second Edition. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003. ISBN 0-300-09524-4 instructions of book review are added
POL-1 American Politics
Prof. Grossi Spring 2018
Book Review Assignment
POL-1 American Government
Instructor: Ms. T. Grossi
Title: Dahl, Robert A. How Democratic is the American Constitution? Second
Edition. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003. ISBN 0-300-09524-4. Cover price
Instructions: Write a critical book review of a piece of scholarly work. Your paper
should provide both a summary and a critical evaluation of the scholars work. You
must start off the paper by identifying biographical information, such as: Author,
title of the book, publisher, and year.
A scholarly book review must have two basic components.
A) Summary: The summary portion of a critical book review should provide
the following information. It answers the question, what is the author doing
and saying in the book and what evidence is used to support the author’s
premise? The following list is to help guide you in planning this portion of
a. State what sort of work this book is (for example, is it an
anthropological study, a personal testimony, a report of other’s
testimonies, a philosophical examination, or an ethical or historical
study?) The table of contents, preface, and introduction should make
this clear to you.
b. State the book’s premise (the book’s main message, its thesis, position
the author is set to prove or disprove in his/her book).
c. What are the author’s purposes, interests, or questions and how does
the author address this with evidence.
d. Identify and summarize the basic facts, ideas, and/or arguments that
constitute the work; what the author uses to support his premise.
B) Evaluation: The evaluation portion of a critical book review is your
opportunity to critique/analyze what you have read. A critique/analysis
seeks to investigate the premise posited by the author and the evidence
he/she used to support that.
a. Remember to not speak in the first person or talk about feelings,
opinions, or assumptions.
b. Provide statement(s) or thorough discussion of the author’s theme
(main underlying idea), purpose, and methods of development. Has
the author proved his assertions with the evidence he supplied?
c. Evaluation of the work, clearly presented and well-supported using
evidence from the book; Selected short quotations from the work that
POL-1 American Politics
Prof. Grossi Spring 2018
are representative of the theme, tone, and style that you wish to draw
attention to and critique.
d. Which of the purposes that the author(s) sought to achieve have been
e. What about the author’s work is illuminating or convincing? Support
with examples of evidence from the book.
f. What is incomplete or unconvincing about this work?
g. Be sure to provide reasons for any disagreements you have with the
author and evidence to support your position.
h. Consider whether the disagreement with the author might be
resolved and explain what would make the author’s argument more
Your book review must be a minimum of 10 pages
Your paper must be typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman font, 12 pt. with 1
inch margins, and all references to the author’s work MUST be CITED, quotes AND
paraphrasing (MLA format required). You must hand in this assignment. No emails
will be accepted. PAPER MUST BE SUBMITTED TO TURNITIN ACCORDING TO THE
TURNITIN RQUIREMENTS BEFORE THE DUE DATE TO BE ACCEPTED BY
Your paper should have a cover page (not included in the page count). This page
should have your name, class information, assignment name, and my name.
Due date: Refer to your syllabus
No incomplete papers will be accepted
No handwritten paper will be accepted
No late papers will be accepted
No submissions via email
The instructor reserves the right to alter this assignment at any time as she feels is
Journal 3 based on Chopin Due 02-12-18
Complete Journal 3– response to Kate Chopin’s short story entitled “Desiree’s Baby.” Journal 3 Topic Focus: respond to Chopin reading (“Desiree’s Baby”) — length – 300 typed words, double spaced– practice writing paragraphs in journal #3 using direct quotes from the Chopin story (refer to the Quotes and Signal Phrases handout for proper mla style documentation rules for direct quotes).This journal needs to be double-spaced, typed in courier new 12 point font, and must be formatted in MLA style format. Do not use ANY outside sources or information from the Internet to complete your journal. You also need to read the Journal Writing Guidelines Handout BEFORE you type your journal to fully understand how it will be graded and the type of topics you need to write. Refer to the MLA Style Sample Setup handout posted in the mywritinglab Document Sharing list before you type your journal assignment to ensure you are properly formatting your document.
Once you have completed your assignment, save it with the following file name:
Your last name Your first name Journal 3 54680
Example for a student named Ann Porter:
Porter Ann Journal 3 54680
Be sure to ‘attach’ your Word file in the designated mywritinglab assignment dropbox since part of your grade is your formatting and how well you use the MLA style guidelines. To submit your work, you need to click on the ‘Upload a file’ tab at the top of the instructions box.
This writing assignment needs to be submitted by 11:59pm on Monday, 02/12/18. You may wish to get an early start on this assignment to avoid potential technological problems which may arise such as Internet outage, computer functions, etc. Therefore, completing this work one or two days in advance would benefit you. The date and time of your submission will be recorded in my MyWritingLab Online Gradebook. No late submissions will be accepted so plan your time accordingly.
Journal 3 is due by 11:59pm on 02/12/18
All helpful handouts are located in the MyWritingLab Document Sharing list. To access the Document Sharing list, log onto mywritinglab.com; enter the class; and then click on Student Tools. Then click on the Document Sharing tab on the left side of the screen.
All readings can be accessed through reading links located in the reading list at the end of the E1301 Online Course Schedule of Assignments handout. All readings except the Staples reading are also posted as pdf files on the Eagle homepage.
Questions for analyzing fiction
- What happens in the story? For yourself, summarize the plot (the gist of the happenings). Think about what your summary leaves out.
- Is the story told in chronological order, or are there flashbacks or flashforwards? On rereading, what foreshadowing (hints of what is to come) do you detect?
- What conflicts does the work include?
- How does the writer develop characters? Is character revealed by explicit comment or through action? With which character(s) do you sympathize? Are the characters plausible? What motivates them? What do minor characters contribute to the work?
- Who tells the story? Is the narrator a character, or does the narrator stand entirely outside the characters’ world? What does the narrator’s point of view contribute to the story’s theme? (On narrative points of view, see p. 741.)
- What is the setting? What do the time and place of the action contribute to the work?
- Are certain characters, settings, or actions symbolic? Do they stand for something in addition to themselves?
- What is the theme? That is, what does the work add up to? Does the theme reinforce your values, or does it challenge them?
- Is the title informative? Did its meaning change for you after you read the work?
You can answer these questions for each work you read.