Due date: turnitin.com/Monday, May 23rd at midnight.

  1. Title page:
  • Name, class, and date—centered in middle of page
  • Title of book (underlined or in italics), and name of author


  1. Intro:
  • Introduce the author
  • Introduce the book (Title, What is it about?).
  • State author’s thesis and summarize content/arguments.

III. Body:

  • Each paragraph should address different parts of the book or different arguments presented in the book.
  • This may also be in the form of arguments made about different time periods or stages within a time period.
  • Use key parts of the book (quotations/paraphrasing) to demonstrate how the author supports his or her thesis.
  • You may add your assessment (analysis/view on the author’s arguments) within each paragraph or in separate paragraphs
  • Make sure to evaluate the author’s arguments in terms of

whether or not they are convincing, well researched, and
logical.  If the author’s work could contribute to the public’s
understanding of the topic you may comment on that as        well.

  • If you choose to disagree with the author you should do so strictly on academic grounds–i.e. use a reason-based argument to counter her or his argument.
  1. Conclusion
  • Evaluation of the author’s success or failure to substantiate

his or her thesis with evidence and argumentation

  • Evaluation of book’s contribution to history, the public’s

knowledge of the subject, “readability” and style.
*Review should be 4-5 pages double-spaced; stapled at the top
left hand corner at a 45-degree angle
*Font 12, Times New Roman
*One-inch margins on both sides
*You may use Chicago, APA, or MLA style for footnotes or
endnotes (Ask in the library if you don’t know what to do)
*Do not enclose your paper in any type of folder
*Make sure to save copies of your paper in multiple locations
Note: I will email you the basic bio info on the historian.  You do not need a citation for this.  DO NOT GO ONLINE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE BOOK.  IF I SEE (via turnitin.com) ANY EVIDENCE THAT YOU HAVE GONE TO INTERNET SITES SUCH AS Jiffynotes.com, Ste101, Barnes&Noble, etc. I WILL DO THE FOLLOWING:

  1. A) Throw your paper in the trash and give you an “F.”
  2. B) Contact the Vice Presidents of the college and arrange for you to be brought before a Student Services Conduct Board.
  3. C) Place a record in your file stating you have engaged in cheating/plagiarizing that is available to all of your current and future professors.