History 104 Book Review

WORLD HISTORY 104   Dr. Eric Mayer, Instructor
VICTOR VALLEY COLLEGE

Anaylze and explain the main themes in Utopistics. According to the author what historical choices exist in the 21st century?
Your essay must follow the same format as your midterm assignments. Be sure to introduce the book and author in your essay introduction. You also must use MLA parenthetical citations of the text your paraphrase.  Do not use quotes.  Be specific in your analysis. Be sure in your introduction to introduce the book and the author. The book review is due the day of the final exam.
Your essay must follow the same format as your midterm assignments. You also must use MLA parenthetical citations of the text your paraphrase.  Do not use quotes.  Be specific in your analysis.

Essay Format:
Your essay must be at least 1250 (minimum) words in length.  Whatever sources you use for your essay must be cited, even if you paraphrase you must cite your sources.  The easiest way to cite sources is to use parenthetical citations that includes the author's last name and page number(Mayer 199).
  Your first paragraph must contain a series of arguments that you intend to historically prove in the text of your essay.  Be sure to formally introduce the author and the book in the first couple of sentences.  Never pose rhetorical questions in your essay.  Rhetorical questions are cheap literary devices that make your writing style non-assertive and give the reader the impression that you are not in control of your essay or the material.  Immediately give the reader your overall argument, and then, in succeeding sentences of your first paragraph list supporting arguments in chronological order.  The supporting arguments should be chronological in order and build on each other.
  The topic sentences of your paragraphs must do more than simply describe what the paragraph is about, they must also state why the paragraph is important to the overall argument of your essay.  In other words, the topic sentence summarizes the paragraph, but also links it back to one of the supporting arguments that you listed in your introductory paragraph.  Paragraphs should be one-third to one-half page in length.  Finally, your essay must have a conclusion that restates your original argument in light of the data and facts that were discussed in the text of your essay.  A paragraph is at least four sentences long.
 To obtain an optimal grade your essay must be clearly written.  Clarity of style, proper grammar, spelling, analytical organization and logical coherence are essential if you wish to receive a passing grade.  DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TURN IN A FIRST DRAFT as your finished essay.