How to Write a Critical Appreciation Book Report

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The sort of book examined in a critical appreciation is usually a professional level non-fiction work, that addresses a particular topic and provides evidence, reasoning and sources to support the views of the author. A critical appreciation of a book is a form of book report, but it is highly detailed and evaluates both the structure and the materials used by the author.

1 Read and take notes

Read and take notes about the book. Be sure to make note of the sources used in the footnotes or end notes.

2 Go to the original sources

Go to the original sources the author used, and make notes about them as well. Look to see if the author used his sources properly. Determine if he parsed them, or used unreliable sources.

3 Write your introduction

Write your introduction, describing the book in a general way and naming the author.

4 Write sort summary

Write a sort summary of the book. Do this in the same sequence as things are laid out in the book. Avoid giving every detail. Instead, use the notes you took to highlight the major points the author makes.

5 Write a few pages -- or more

Write a few pages -- or more, depending on the requirements -- or the number of sources in the book. Then do a section about the secondary sources.

6 Evaluate

Evaluate, based on the notes you took earlier, how well the author used his sources and how effective they were for his purpose.

7 Evaluate the arguments

Evaluate the arguments the author puts forward. Look for flaws in his reasoning or any demonstration of bias.

8 Summarize your opinion

Summarize your opinion about the book in question, and support your views with logical arguments and cited evidence.

Carol Adams has been writing since 2009. She writes about graphics, 3D and video software for various websites. Adams earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a Master of Arts in liberal arts from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.