Name of book and authors
Organizing for successful School Based Management- Priscilla Wohlstetter,Amy N Van Kirk, Peter J. Robertoson, Susan Mohrman
The name of the author and the book title and the main theme.
Relevant details about who the author is and where he/she stands in the field of inquiry.
The context of the book and/or your review. Placing your review in a framework that makes sense to your audience alerts readers to your perspective on the book. Your choice of context informs your argument.
The thesis of the book. Identifying the book’s particular novelty, angle, or originality allows you to show what specific contribution the piece is trying to make.
Your thesis about the book.
Summary of content
This should be brief, as analysis takes priority. In the course of making your assessment, you will want to support your assertions with concrete evidence from the book, so some summary will be dispersed throughout other parts of the review.
The necessary amount of summary also depends on your audience. Since your audience in likely to not have read the book, you will need to devote more attention to summarizing the book’s contents.
Analysis and evaluation of the book
Your analysis and evaluation should be organized into paragraphs that deal with single aspects of your argument. This arrangement can be challenging when your purpose is to consider the book as a whole, but it can help you differentiate elements of your criticism and pair assertions with evidence more clearly.
You do not necessarily need to work chronologically through the book as you discuss it. Given the argument you want to make, you can organize your paragraphs more usefully by themes, methods, or other elements of the book.
If you find it useful to include comparisons to other books, keep them brief so that the book under review remains in the spotlight.
Avoid excessive quotation and give a specific page reference in parentheses when you do quote. Remember that you can state many of the author’s points in your own words.
Sum up or restate your thesis or make the final judgment regarding the book. You should not introduce new evidence for your argument in the conclusion. You can, however, introduce new ideas that go beyond the book if they extend the logic of your own thesis.
This paragraph needs to balance the book’s strengths and weaknesses in order to unify your evaluation. Consider the following:
Did the body of your review have three negative paragraphs and one favorable one?
What is your overall evaluation of the book and the information presented?