First, select five different genres. Example: poetry, historical fiction, biography, contemporary realistic fiction, picture books, fantasy, folk tales, informational books, science fiction, etc. The genres do not have to be specifically designed for younger children; some young adult selections are fine to add to your critiques.
Second, select four books for each of the five genres that you have selected to review/critique. Tell why the books you select support that particular genre. Feel free to select books that you are familiar with and have already read.
Third, create a cover page, which includes the five genres and a list of each of the four titles that you critiqued for that particular genre.
Genre #1: Historical Fiction
Critique #1: Magic Tree House: Tonight on the Titanic
Critique #2:To Kill a Mockingbird
Critique #3: Walk Two Moons
Your completed paper should have a cover page and 20 critiques that cover the five genres that you select.
5 genres X 4 critiques for each genre = 20 critiques.
Each critique/review must be at least 150 words in length. Your first critique should be labeled #1 and your last critique should be labeled #20. If you do not label your critiques #’s 1-20, you will lose 16 points. If you select a series such as Harry Potter, count the series as one critique. Do not critique four Harry Potter books or other books from the same series that would fall under the same genre. If you select poetry as one of your genres, you can critique an anthology of poems by a specific author or individual poems by different authors.
Your anthology should adhere to all University guidelines. Any and all plagiarism will not be tolerated and is defined as "literary theft." "It consists of the unattributed quotation of the exact words of a published text, or the unattributed borrowing of original ideas by paraphrase from a published text. Punishment may include receipt of an F or an FF indicating dishonesty. The University has an account with an automated plagiarism detection service which allows instructors to submit student assignments to be checked for plagiarism."
These solutions may offer step-by-step problem-solving explanations or good writing examples that include modern styles of formatting and construction of bibliographies out of text citations and references. Students may use these solutions for personal skill-building and practice. Unethical use is strictly forbidden.Genre #1: Historical Fiction
Critique #1: Anne of Green Gables series. The eight-book Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery is an example of historical fiction. Set on Prince Edward’s Island in Nova Scotia, Canada, Anne Shirley is an orphan who has romantic dreams that even the harsh reality of orphan life cannot stifle. Adopted by an older pair of siblings, Anne charms her school teacher and fellow classmates with her wit, her compassion, and her daydreams. She finds a bosom friend in her neighbor Diana and completely charms Gilbert, her scholarly competition. At first oblivious to Gilbert’s attention, Anne focuses on her studies while continue to fantasize about a romantic life. She goes on to attend a women’s college and then teach in her former school with children suffering the same mishaps as herself, which makes her an empathetic teacher. Later, she marries Gilbert, now a doctor, and they raise several children together who have their own adventures in life and love. Two of the boys go off to fight in the Great War with one never to return home. This is an engaging series for pre- and adolescent readers in which the readers can feel connected to the storyline, fantasize along with Anne, and later connect with her children as they have their own adventures, making for a realistic story set in the first decades of the 20th century. (221 words)
Critique #2: Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen’s famous novel Pride and Prejudice is set in the first decade of the 19th century in the English countryside. Elizabeth Bennett finds herself in the midst of a chaotic household run by her neurotic mother, her impractical father, her older sister, and three younger sisters. Jane, the oldest, falls in love with a well-to-do neighbor, Mr. Bingley, but his best friend Mr. Darcy does not agree this is the best match for him based on the Bennett family’s obnoxious behavior at a ball. Elizabeth is sure that Mr. Darcy is too full of pride and ruthlessness at his sudden dismissal of his father’s ward, and Mr. Darcy is prejudiced against her family, which leads to several miscommunications between them, ultimately leading up to the most romantic one of all in which Mr. Darcy confesses his love to her. Elizabeth, with her own pride blinding her, does not accept and while mulling over her reasons why which don’t feel quite right to her any more, Mr. Darcy proves himself by helping the Bennett family out of a situation that would ruin them in society and is able to finally confess to Elizabeth the true reason for his rude behavior, leading them to finally be together and happily married, along with Jane and Mr. Bingley. This is the ultimate romantic novel in historical fiction for young adults, as this gives a very good glimpse into English society life where families are looked down upon by those considered upper class and where the frustration of patrilineal descent makes young ladies and their mothers make hasty decisions in trying to keep the family and their home together. (275 words)
Critique #3: Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn series. A series of four books written by Mark Twain, the Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn series follows two young boys, along with Tom’s slave Jim, on their mishaps along the Mississippi. Tom and Huck are both earnest young men with a habit of lying and getting into trouble. Huck is the poorer of the two and suffers abuse at the hands of his father, trying to escape his wrath along with Jim in the second of the series. These books provide a window into life along the Mississippi in the mid-19th century, one of racism, slavery, and abuse, but also light heartedness, fresh air, and a flowing river that provides plenty of fodder for adventure for all of them. Twain interweaves their stories, balancing the suffering with comedy, so that though the reader may cringe at the pain they feel and the injustice they see, the reader is also left smiling and wanting to turn the page to eagerly see what mishap the boys get into next...
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