A bit more guidance on your book review

I am looking forward to reading your reviews of Thomas Patterson’s “Informing the News,” which must be posted on your blog by Thursday at 10 a.m.

I think the description in the syllabus is reasonably clear. But for those of you who haven’t written a book review before, I want to stress that I’m looking for a piece of journalistic writing, not an academic paper. If you’re not sure what goes into a book review, check out some examples in newspapers and magazines. Be sure to hit the points that are listed in the syllabus: “summarize what you think are the key points in the book, tell us what you agree with, what you disagree with and what you think Patterson left out.”

Also, a very important notice: If there are any misspelled or botched names in your review, then the highest grade you may receive on it is a B-plus — and that would have to be a review that is otherwise excellent. That is my policy in all of my classes. Judging from what I’ve seen on your blogs, this won’t be a problem. I just want to let you know in advance so you can carefully proofread your work before posting it.

I am adding that to the syllabus now — in the grading section.

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