Preliminary Book Review

I already wrote the Introduction Paragraph, Can you start from the body paragraph? Thanks, and here are the instructions. Preliminary Book Review Purpose of the Assignment For this assignment, you will provide the a general summary and evaluation of The Swerve:  How the World Became Modern, Stephen Greenblatt’s controversial, award-winning history of the transmission of Lucretius’s philosophical poem De Rerum Naturum (On the Nature of Things), its rediscovery in the early Renaissance, and how its ideas helped direct the course of Western Civilization. The Swerve is an excellent example of the New Historicism, a interdisciplinary approach to studying the relationships between literary texts and historical circumstances.  The book won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, but it is not without its detractors.  This preliminary book review is the first part of your engagement with this book in the course.  It will give you an opportunity to experience someone “practicing” or “doing” history. Directions The purpose of the preliminary book report is to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate a basic comprehension of the assigned text, including its main thesis or conclusion, the main ideas that the text develops in support of its thesis, and the historical evidence or arguments that the author uses to support these ideas.  As you will see, a work of historical analysis has the basic essay structure that you have learned in ENGL 1001 or any other composition course; the primary differences, of course, are length and the quantity and quality of information.   Basic Requirements 4-5 pages in length 12 pt. Times New Roman font MLA style for formatting, parenthetical citations, and works cited page (See Purdue OWL for more information) Double-spacing College-level writing and paragraph organization Your introductory paragraph should provide the general information about the book such as the author’s name, the publisher, the year of publication, the general scope of the book.  The introduction should conclude with the main idea of the entire work.   The introduction will then be followed but a summary of each chapter.  Each summary should occupy a separate paragraph.  The paragraphs should each have the following structure: A topic sentence that contains the main idea(s) or point(s) of the chapter The primary argument(s) or narrative that supports the main idea(s) Key historical facts or details used by the author as his support The concluding paragraphs should provide the reader with an overall impression of the book’s quality.  Was it effective?  Was it easy (or difficult) to understand?  Did the author put forth a successful argument?  You may consider these questions or others.  The point of the conclusion is to make a judgement about the book. A Few Dos and Don’ts  Do not use first person (I, me, my, we, us, our) or second person (you, your).  Academic book reviews, like all academic work, must be presented in an objective voice that does not references the writer, even if the writer is giving an opinion.   Do not use slang or other non-processional language. Do not make false claims. This is history assignment:  get your dates right. Do use correct, standard, college-level grammar, mechanics, and organization. Do ask the instructor if you have any questions about this assignment. Do not wait until the last minute to turn this assignment in. To assist you in writing the review, you may want to write a chapter summary for each chapter as you are reading the book.  Feel free to you the following template to generate and organize your chapter summaries: Chapter number: Chapter title: “Big ideas”: Arguments supporting big ideas: Interesting facts, stats, or analogies: Resonating quotes: Other thoughts:

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