Select an individual who influenced American History from 1607-1865.  Note:  The individual may have been born before 1607 or died after 1865, however the majority of his/her influence needs to impact a period between 1607 and 1865.

You Historical Biography Review Format

 

“Experience is not the best teacher, other people’s experience is the best teacher. By reading about the lives of great people, you can unlock the secrets to what made them great.”

– Andy Andrews

Select an individual who influenced American History from 1607-1865.  Note:  The individual may have been born before 1607 or died after 1865, however the majority of his/her influence needs to impact a period between 1607 and 1865.

 

Read a biography/auto-biography on the individual selected.  Note:  You are free to select the biography/auto-biography of your choice.  However, random checks will be made to ensure that the books selected are an appropriate reading level for a college course.

 

Your 3-5 page review will be both a report (tell me about the book) and a review (tell me what you think of the book, and why).  See rubric for further information.

 

Formatting instructions:

Double Spaced

Times New Roman

12 point font

1 inch margins all the way around

 

  1. Introduce the biography/auto-biography (1-2 paragraphs).
  2. Publishing Information: bibliographic content and number of pages.
  3. The first sentence should be something like: In John Doe’s, The Perils of Philosophy Class (New York:  University of Maysville Press, 2012) iv-142, we find a discussion of Alex’s philosophy classes.  Doe attempts to . . .
  4. State purpose and aim of writer; use the writer’s own words if possible.

 

  1. Body of Report/Review (2-3 pages)
  2. Summarize the main events of the book/story. Make sure you connect these events to the first half of US History.
  3. Give strengths of each major section.
  4. Give weaknesses of each major section.
  5. Show how writer made transition from one section to the next.
  6. Things to consider while reading and writing body of your paper:

What is the writer’s bias?  Was it handled well, or did it get in the way?

Did the writer support his thesis with evidence or just speculation?

Did the writer write clearly, precisely, and in an engaging style?

Did anything else stand out as peculiar or fantastic?

 

III. Conclusion (1-2 paragraphs):

  1. Give your own recommendation for the readership level.
  2. Your recommendation for the text for others to read.  Why?  BE SPECIFIC
  3. Overall conclusion of the biography/auto-biography.  What did you learn?  How were you inspired?  What should others know?

 

GRADE CRITERIA
A Appropriate biography selectedMakes strong connection between biography and first half of US History

Includes all required information (See Prompt)

Quotes, references, and summaries are appropriately and consistently cited

Outstanding balance between (1) Report, (2) Review, and (3) Relation to first half of US History

Meets minimum length and does not exceed maximum length

3 writing errors or less

A- Appropriate biography selectedMakes strong connection between biography and first half of US History

Includes all required information (See Prompt)

Quotes, references, and summaries are appropriately and consistently cited

Outstanding balance between (1) Report, (2) Review, and (3) Relation to first half of US History

Meets minimum length and does not exceed maximum length

5 writing errors or less

B+
Appropriate biography selectedMakes good connection between biography and first half of US History

Includes most of required information (See Prompt)

Most quotes, references, and summaries are appropriately and consistently cited

Good balance between (1) Report, (2) Review, and (3) Relation to first half of US History

Meets minimum length

7 writing errors or less

B- Appropriate biography selectedMakes good connection between biography and first half of US History

Includes most of required information (See Prompt)

Most quotes, references, and summaries are appropriately and consistently cited

Good balance between (1) Report, (2) Review, and (3) Relation to first half of US History

Meets minimum length

9 writing errors or less

C+
Appropriate biography selectedMakes weak connection between biography and first half of US History

Lacks most of required information (See Prompt)

Most quotes, references, and summaries are inappropriately or inconsistently cited

Poor balance between (1) Report, (2) Review, and (3) Relation to first half of US History

Meets minimum length

11 writing errors or less

  

C-

Appropriate biography selected

Makes weak connection between biography and first half of US History

Lacks most of required information (See Prompt)

Most quotes, references, and summaries are inappropriately or inconsistently cited

Poor balance between (1) Report, (2) Review, and (3) Relation to first half of US History

Meets minimum length

13 writing errors or less

D+ Appropriate biography selectedMakes NO connection between biography and first half of US History

Lacks required information (See Prompt)

Quotes, references, and summaries are NOT cited

No balance between (1) Report, (2) Review, and (3) Relation to first half of US History

Does NOT meet minimum length

15 writing errors or less

D Appropriate biography selectedMakes NO connection between biography and first half of US History

Lacks required information (See Prompt)

Quotes, references, and summaries are NOT cited

No balance between (1) Report, (2) Review, and (3) Relation to first half of US History

Does NOT meet minimum length

17 writing errors or less

D- Appropriate biography selectedMakes NO connection between biography and first half of US History

Lacks required information (See Prompt)

Quotes, references, and summaries are NOT cited

No balance between (1) Report, (2) Review, and (3) Relation to first half of History

Does NOT meet minimum length

19 writing errors or less

F or lower Appropriate biography NOT selected20 writing errors or more

Evidence of plagiarism

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