This semester, most of what we have read or will read is short-form literature–i.e., narratives contained in small vessels, like single poems, stories, and essays and short plays. To give you experience reading and evaluating longer forms of literature, I’m asking you to write a book review. Here’s how the assignment will go down:
Step 1: Choose a book. It can be a novel, a poetry collection, an essay collection, a memoir, a full-length play. As you look for a book to read, search for something that interests you.
Step 2: Send the book title and a book description to me (by 9/28). I’d like to review your choices to be sure you’re headed down the right track. I’ll send back either a thumbs up or a thumbs down. If thumbs down, I’ll offer suggestions on what you ought to be looking for and ask that you find another title, which you should then send back to me with a brief book description. If thumbs up, move on to the next step.
Step 3: Read and annotate the book. Along with your reading and annotating, I’ll ask you each week to post something from/about the book on a social media channel (Twitter, Google+, Instagram, etc.). Stay tuned for those directions.
Step 4: Write the book review (due 11/22), keeping in mind these pointers from the Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Along with the written review, I also want you to create a book poster. Stay tuned for more info as the due date approaches.