BOOK REVIEW GUIDELINES As you review your content area trade book, make sure you cover the following information. INTRODUCTION The introductory paragraph should include: • bibliographic information about the book o title o author o publisher o place of publication o date of publication o the reviewer’s opinion of the book. BODY PARAGRAPHS The body paragraphs generally include: • a brief summary of the book • details on characters, setting, and plot. • exploration of style, language, and theme • very concrete material that supports the reviewer’s opinion of the book’s strengths and weaknesses. The body paragraphs may also include: • comparison and contrast to similar pieces. • connections to literary trends. • background material about the author and his/her other works. • information that defines the expertise of the reviewer. TEACHING IDEAS • How would you use this text in a content area classroom? Be specific. How does it connect to your content—chemistry, biology, American History, algebra • CONCLUSION The conclusion should: • reiterate the main points the reviewer has made. • leave the reader with a clear and memorable impression of the work reviewed and its usefulness in a secondary classroom.