BOOK REPORT REQUIREMENTS:
Choose any book you haven't read before (it's not required, but I would suggest reading one of the older works like Shakespeare or one of the ancient Greek plays) from the reading list EXCEPT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
The Old Man and the Sea,
Their Eyes Were Watching God,
The Great Gatsby,
The Glass Menagerie,
"My Last Duchess,"
Of Mice and Men,
Romeo and Juliet,
Pride and Prejudice,
The Importance of Being Ernest,
The Merchant of Venice,
"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,"
The Turn of the Screw,
The Taming of the Shrew,
Much Ado About Nothing,
or A Raisin in the Sun.
IF YOUR BOOK IS NOT ON THE READING LIST OR IS ON THE ABOVE LIST, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CREDIT FOR THE REPORT. I'M NOT KIDDING. DOUBLE AND TRIPLE CHECK.
Your report must be typed in MLA format, in active, academic voice, and include the following:
- The title, author, and first publication date
- A one-paragraph summary of the work.
- A one-paragraph explanation of the main theme or argument of the work.
- A one-sentence statement of the theme or argument (like a thesis statement). Please make sure you are not just listing a subject or a topic. The theme should be an argument about what the work is saying about that subject or topic.
- Six "golden passages" quotes from the work that contain rhetorical devices or figurative language that supports the theme. Each quote should be accompanied by a paragraph explanation of the rhetorical device and how it is used to support the work's argument.
- A four-paragraph essay analyzing the author's choices in structure or characterization and the effect those choices have on the work as a whole.
- A completed reading record for the work.
YOUR BOOK REPORT IS DUE BY DECEMBER 7th FOR A DAY AND 8th FOR B DAY. THEY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED LATE FOR ANY REASON. THIS IS NOT A "DUE DATE." IT IS A DEADLINE. YOU MAY TURN IN YOUR REPORT EARLY, NOT LATE.