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A Bildungsroman of a book review



Goal: A book review is a thorough description, critical analysis, and/or evaluation of the quality, meaning, and significance of a book, often in relation to prior research on the topic. Your goal is to write a book review for a bildungsroman that you have read.

Role: You are a student who was selected to write a book review for the middle school newspaper.

Audience: Your audience consists of middle school students who are interested in supplementing their required genre study (bildungsroman) reading with an independent book in the same genre.

Situation: Middle School students are required to have two books that they are reading concurrently, but they are having a hard time choosing a coming of age novel since there is no librarian to assist with the selection. The school newspaper has decided to include a special section for book reviews, written by students who are experts in the genre, to aid in the book selection.

Product: You will write an engaging book review for either The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, or The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  Your one page (minimum) 2 page (maximum), Times New Roman, size 12 font review must include an illustration of the book, the review, and a rating from 1-5.  You must show how two coming-of-age themes are evident in your story. You must provide information about the author as it relates to the text and explain the author’s stylistic choices. You must talk about the genre using the terminology of coming-of-age characteristics.


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