David M. Lauderback, Ph.D.
Professor of History

ANALYTICAL BOOK REVIEW
OUTLINE GUIDELINES
U.S. HISTORY II ONLine
B-LEVEL OBJECTIVE

http://www.austincc.edu/dlauderb

For the grade of B
In addition to the two course contacts, the student must take all fourteen (14) quizzes, all five (5) exams, and:

Failure to take all all fifteen (15) Chapter Quizzes and all (5) Unit Exams will result in a F in the course.

NOTE
: The highest grade you can earn in the course without a completed Book Review is a C.

To complete one B-Level objective, see the analytical Book Review page for details on how to:

a.) submit your choice for the analytical book review; 
b.) submit your completed Outline (10 points) for the analytical book review; and 
c.) turn in the completed Final Draft of the book review (15 points).
NOTE:  You must complete all parts of a book review by the deadlines listed in the Course Schedule for the assignment to factor in to your final average and your final grade. You may not earn "partial credit." The points on the outlines and final drafts are not extra credit.

Instead, like the quizzes and exams, the points on the book review are calculated in the total course average.
See the Course Schedule for the quiz, exam, and book review deadlines.
NOTE:  You do NOT have to complete the Book Review AND the Oral History Report to qualify for an A in the course. You do the Book Review for a B OR the Oral History Report for an A.

In addition to the two course contacts, the student must complete all fourteen (14) quizzes, take all five (5) exams, and:

OR

REMINDER:

See your Course Schedule for the dates by which you must:  select a Book, turn in a preliminary Outline, and turn in the Final Draft.

Requirements for the Outline

Students who plan to complete the Book Review MUST complete an Outline.  The Outline MUST be produced according to the directions below.  There are specific requirements for each part of the Final Draft of the Book Review.  Students MUST highlight the key information to be contained in the final draft using the template below.  Students MUST supply direct quotations from the book they selected to illustrate the important themes they plan to highlight in their Final Draft and cite as appropriate according to the documentation requirements below.  Additionally, students MUST follow the specific format guidelines listed below.  The Outline will assist you in developing the final draft of your Final Draft.  Students who submit the outline by the deadline listed in the Course Schedule will be permitted to revise their Outline as necessary.

REMEMBER:  ONLY students who do submit the outline by the deadline listed in the Course Schedule will be permitted to revise their Outline as necessary.

See your Course Schedule for the dates by which you must:  select a Book, turn in a preliminary Outline, and turn in the Final Draft.

The Outline will follow the format below.  Copy and paste the Outline format to a Word document.  Then, insert all of your quotes from the Book and the three secondary sources, update the format, and insert all 25 endnotes and add a bibliography:

A Review of [Book Title]

By [Your Name]

I. Introduction

Use the Introduction to: introduce your subject, provide some background, and offer a dynamic thesis.

[NOTE: In each and every sentence of the outline and final draft be sure to: 

Explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.' Begin your paragraph with a dynamic topic sentence that tells the reader who did what in the paragraph and why it matters. When you tell your reader what you are going to talk about, you describe. When you explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why' it matters, now you analyze. So be sure to start your paragraph with a topic sentence that identifies the key historical actor or actors, explains what they did, and why.  So be sure to tell the reader: 'who' did 'what' and 'why.]

1. Topic sentence

Start with a topic sentence that sets the stage, that introduces the main historical actors in the book you review and explains why the reader should care about your paper. Be sure to explain who did what and why.

2. Transition Sentence
[Remember, explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']
3. 1st Main Theme -- explain one of the two main themes of the book
[Remember, explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']
4. 2nd Main Theme -- explain one of the two main themes of the book
[Remember, explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']
5. Transition Sentence
[Remember, explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']

6. Thesis

[Remember, explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']

State your thesis.  In one sentence, tell me how the author succeeded/failed in proving their point and -- most important -- why.

II. Analysis
A. Thesis

1. Topic sentence:  State the author's thesis.  In one sentence, tell me the author's purpose in this book.

[Explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.' Begin your paragraph with a dynamic topic sentence that tells the reader who did what in the paragraph and why it matters. When you tell your reader what you are going to talk about, you describe. When you explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why' it matters, now you analyze. So be sure to start your paragraph with a topic sentence that identifies the key historical actor or actors, explains what they did, and why.  So be sure to tell the reader: 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']

Use quotes from the book to highlight key themes,that you will focus on in the Final Draft.

2. Quote from book with end note.
3. Quote from book with end note.
4. Quote from book with end note.
5. Quote from book with end note.
6. Quote from book with end note.

7. Concluding thought.
[Remember, explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']

Be sure to give the appropriate citation for the book.  See Documentation below for the guidelines for academic citation of your respondent and other sources.

B. Evidence

1. Topic sentence:  List the first major theme on which you will focus as you examine the author's evidence.

[Explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.' Begin your paragraph with a dynamic topic sentence that tells the reader who did what in the paragraph and why it matters. When you tell your reader what you are going to talk about, you describe. When you explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why' it matters, now you analyze. So be sure to start your paragraph with a topic sentence that identifies the key historical actor or actors, explains what they did, and why.  So be sure to tell the reader: 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']

Use quotes from the book to highlight key themes,that you will focus on in the Final Draft.

2. Quote from book with end note.
3. Quote from book with end note.
4. Quote from book with end note.
5. Quote from book with end note.
6. Quote from book with end note.

7. Concluding thought.
[Remember, explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']

Be sure to give the appropriate citation for the book.  See Documentation below for the guidelines for academic citation of your respondent and other sources.

C. Evidence

1. Topic sentence:  List the second major theme on which you will focus as you examine the author's evidence.

[Explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.' Begin your paragraph with a dynamic topic sentence that tells the reader who did what in the paragraph and why it matters. When you tell your reader what you are going to talk about, you describe. When you explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why' it matters, now you analyze. So be sure to start your paragraph with a topic sentence that identifies the key historical actor or actors, explains what they did, and why.  So be sure to tell the reader: 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']

Use quotes from the book to highlight key themes,that you will focus on in the Final Draft.

2. Quote from book with end note.
3. Quote from book with end note.
4. Quote from book with end note.
5. Quote from book with end note.
6. Quote from book with end note.

7. Concluding thought

Be sure to give the appropriate citation for the book.  See Documentation below for the guidelines for academic citation of your respondent and other sources.

D. Comparison

1. Topic sentence:

[Explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.' Begin your paragraph with a dynamic topic sentence that tells the reader who did what in the paragraph and why it matters. When you tell your reader what you are going to talk about, you describe. When you explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why' it matters, now you analyze. So be sure to start your paragraph with a topic sentence that identifies the key historical actor or actors, explains what they did, and why.  So be sure to tell the reader: 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']

Explain whether or not the three secondary sources you use in the Comparison support the argument of the book you review. 

Use quotes from the secondary sources to highlight key themes that you will focus on in the Final Draft.

Your textbook -- Give Me Liberty! -- may be used as one of your three secondary sources. Do not use Wikipedia, encyclopedias, History.com or other general information websites. Go to the ACC Library to look up scholarly sources. Also you can ask one of the on-call librarians for assistance.

2. Quote from secondary with end note.
3. Quote from secondary with end note.
4. Quote from secondary with end note.
5. Quote from secondary with end note.
6. Quote from secondary with end note.

7. Concluding thought.
[Remember, explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']

Be sure to give the appropriate citation for the book.  See Documentation below for the guidelines for academic citation of your respondent and other sources.

E. Reaction

1. Topic sentence:  Identify the List the strengths and weaknesses of your Book.

Start with a topic sentence that explains the most important point you want to make in this section and then be sure to explain why it matters.

[Explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.' Begin your paragraph with a dynamic topic sentence that tells the reader who did what in the paragraph and why it matters. When you tell your reader what you are going to talk about, you describe. When you explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why' it matters, now you analyze. So be sure to start your paragraph with a topic sentence that identifies the key historical actor or actors, explains what they did, and why.  So be sure to tell the reader: 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']

Use quotes from the book to highlight key themes,that you will focus on in the Final Draft.

2. Quote from book with end note.
3. Quote from book with end note.
4. Quote from book with end note.
5. Quote from book with end note.
6. Quote from book with end note.

7. Concluding thought.
[Remember, explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']

Be sure to give the appropriate citation for the book.  See Documentation below for the guidelines for academic citation of your respondent and other sources.

III. Summary

In this paragraph you must summarize your paper.  Briefly restate your purpose, summarize your main points, and offer some final thoughts.

[Outline format]

1. Topic sentence.

[Explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.' Begin your paragraph with a dynamic topic sentence that tells the reader who did what in the paragraph and why it matters. When you tell your reader what you are going to talk about, you describe. When you explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why' it matters, now you analyze. So be sure to start your paragraph with a topic sentence that identifies the key historical actor or actors, explains what they did, and why.  So be sure to tell the reader: 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']

2. Restate topic sentence to II. A.
[Remember, explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']
3. Restate topic sentence to II. B.
[Remember, explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']
4. Restate topic sentence to II. C.
[Remember, explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']
5. Restate topic sentence to II. D.
[Remember, explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']
6. Restate topic sentence to II. E.
7. Concluding thought.
[Remember, explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']
The Outline MUST also conform to the format requirements of the Final DraftStudents will produce the Outline following the format guidelines below.

Format Requirements

ALL ASSIGNMENTS -- OUTLINE AND FINAL DRAFT -- MUST CONFORM TO THE FORMAT SPECIFICATIONS BELOW. ANY OUTLINE OR FINAL DRAFT THAT DOES NOT CONFORM TO THE FORMAT SPECIFICATIONS BELOW will lose Points.

The format requirements for the completed Outline and Final Draft are:

Please:

DO NOT BOLDFACE; or
DO    NOT         JUSTIFY

your text.

Only ITALICIZE: the titles of books, journals, websites, and newspapers.

You do NOT need a cover sheet.


The above particulars are designed to ensure that all students complete works of similar length.

Documentation

ALL ASSIGNMENTS -- OUTLINE OR FINAL DRAFT -- MUST CONFORM TO THE DOCUMENTATION SPECIFICATIONS BELOW.  ANY OUTLINE OR FINAL DRAFT THAT DOES NOT CONFORM TO THE DOCUMENTATION SPECIFICATIONS BELOW WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

The documentation requirements for the completed Outline and Final Draft are:

To ensure that you give credit where credit is due, please refer to the source from which you extracted information with an endnote and a bibliography using the appropriate formatting (see above).  For the correct style, start with Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 6th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996). The ACC Library has a an excellent link to Turabian. You can also use the The Chicago Manual of Style Online. Both the Chicago Manual of Style and the Turabian guides can be found at the ACC Library

Please do NOT use reference style where you put the author's name and page number at the end of the sentence. (Lauderback 2013, 1) Instead, be sure to insert an endnote in your text to tell your reader you have details that come from a source that is not you. Go to Microsoft Word Help and enter 'endnote' for how to insert notes. See the ACC Turabian link for:

The ACC Librarians have put together a remarkable page with all kinds of details and examples for you to follow. And, a link for asking questions! Check out Turabian. Please use the appropriate formatting -- including margins, font size and type, and spacing (see above).

Include a Bibliography in a separate document (with no page number) for both the Outline and Final Draft. Here you provide a complete citation for each work cited. A bibliography is NOT the same as a Works Cited. And, a bibliography is NOT the same as the endnotes. And while a bibliography includes most of the same information as the notes, there are important differences, e.g., the order of the author's names, the use of commas, periods, parentheses, and page numbers. Please use the appropriate formatting -- including margins, font size and type, spacing, and indnets (see above). 

And, please, do NOT ask if you can use MLA. Use Turabian. Thank you!

Grading Policy

The Outline (10 Points)

Your grade on the outline will be based on how well you:

Recognize that an Outline rife with misspellings and format, documentation, and grammatical errors will not be considered acceptable.  If you submit your Outline before the deadline date in the Course Schedule and it is graded "NOT ACCEPTED" you may revise it and resubmit it prior to the deadline date. Outlines submitted more than one day after the deadline listed in the Course Schedule will NOT be accepted.

See your Course Schedule for the date by which you must:  select a Book, turn in a preliminary Outline, and turn in the Final Draft.

Deadlines

ONLY OUTLINES SUBMITTED BY 11:59 PM ON THE DEADLINE LISTED IN THE COURSE SCHEDULE CAN RECEIVE FULL CREDIT;

and

ANY OUTLINE THAT IS NOT SUBMITTED BY 11:59 PM ON THE DEADLINE LISTED IN THE COURSE SCHEDULE WILL RECEIVE A MAXIMUM OF 70% CREDIT;

and

ANY OUTLINE THAT IS SUBMITTED MORE THAN ONE DAY AFTER THE THE DEADLINE LISTED IN THE COURSE SCHEDULE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED;

and

STUDENTS WHO DO NOT TURN IN AN OUTLINE  WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO SUBMIT A FINAL DRAFT.

and

STUDENTS WHO TURN IN AN  OUTLINE THAT IS "NOT ACCEPTED" WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO SUBMIT A FINAL DRAFT.

Students may submit the Outline via ACC e-mail as a Word or PDF attachment NO LATER THAN 11:59 PM on the deadline listed in the Course Schedule.

See your Course Schedule for the date by which you must:  select a Book, turn in a preliminary Outline, and turn in the Final Draft.

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