Book Critique for Hidden Figures

1. information: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who helped win the space race by Margot Lee Shetterly.

2. Pages: 4 pages

3. Format for the essay is as follows: typed, Times New Roman font, 12 point font size, double-spaced, with one-inch margins.

4. This assignment must be an original work of the student, with proper citations throughout the text. No internet sources are to be used for this critique. Plagiarism will not be tolerated and is not acceptable.

5. Assignment Purpose: The purpose of a book critique is to have the student recognize the author’s thesis or main intent of writing the book. This thesis is then proven by the author using facts and/or historical accounts to substantiate their reason for producing the work. For more information on the structure required for this book critique, see the Structure of Critique descriptions within these instructions. The submission of the Book Critique will include the following at the top, left hand corner of the first page.

6. Citation in Critique: Throughout the entire critique, each student must use MLA style parenthetical citations when referring to a particular passage in the text. (see sample included with these instructions for use of MLA citations.) Any paper that does not have citations throughout the text will result in a reduced grade.

7. Structure of Critique:

Introduction: Each student will begin their introductory paragraph by describing the main thesis of the book. The thesis is the main argument of the book. This will be followed by three or four key points that explain or substantiate the thesis in detail.

Body: The body of the critique will discuss the key points according to the chronological order of their mention in the opening paragraph. Specifically, each point needs to be discussed in full detail using references from the source to prove the point’s significance to the thesis. The student must express the purpose of the point discussed, the significance the point has to the thesis, and the significance the point has to the entire work. The references used must show evidence that each point supports the thesis of the work.

Conclusion: This section must wrap up the discussion of the three to four main points and restate the thesis mentioned in the introductory paragraph. The student will then discuss how this book enhanced or did not enhance their understanding of the book’s subject matter. This is the only place in the paper where the student is encouraged to express their comments in the first person. It is important for your thoughts of the book to be included in your conclusion.

 

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