Assignment: Analytical Book Review
Description: Students will read a book of their choice, either literature or informational text. They will then write a review that analyzes the author’s development of a particular theme and evaluates the work as a whole as well as the author’s treatment of the topic. The review will include a brief summary, their opinions about the book, and a recommendation of who should read it.
R2: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze is development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
R3: Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
L1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
L2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Proof: Attach the following:
Published draft of essay
Bullets flying, men screaming, the battle for the pink palace rages on. Sniper One by Dan Mills is a book about bravery, freedom, war, and a mans will to live. It takes place in Iraq, with a British squad of men with the task of defending a highly vulnerable and hostile area. He comes from a long line of military heros, so joining the forces was a clear choice for him. He quickly rose to the rank of class 2 warrant officer and did tours of duty all over the world. One such tour took place in Iraq, where he had to face the real danger of war and the tragedys that come with it.
Sniper One begins with Dan Mills, who is only a sergeant at the time, and his squad of men. They are tasked with the dangerous task of defending the Pink Palace, a central building that is difficult to defend, especially from the rocket and mortar fire. The team is made up of several specialists, Dan himself is an expert sniper, and each member has a pivotal role in the groups survival. While at the palace an ambush takes place, and Dan is forced to defend the palace with just his squad of eight men. Here we see dans true bravery, and leadership skill as he has to keep his men alive. He is barraged by Chinese 108mm rockets, mortars, snipers, and waves of hostile infantry. He is forced to make life changing decisions that save most of his teams lives, however he loses two men in the battle. His team successfully defends the palace and American reinforcements show up, but not without a price. Two of his best friends die in the fight and he is wounded by shrapnel. This takes a big tole on him and inspires him to write the book.
Dan uses extremely vivid detail, making the reader feel as though they are really in the heat of battle. He is an excellent writer and conveys feelings and emotions well. The reader will feel the sorrow he felt seeing his friends die, he makes the reader build a bond with him and his squad so when something happens to them you feel it as well. He uses good transitions to make a smooth flow throughout the book, and language that makes certain events stick with the reader. If something is supposed to be remembered he highlights it, covering it over and over again and ensuring that the reader understands exactly what he was going through at that moment.
One main theme in the book is fight or flight. This is a term used for the human instinct of either fighting your way out of a tough situation or just fleeing as fast as possible. He covers what goes through his head, and how his training has helped him to know when to flee and when to fight. His training taught him to fight his way out of everything no matter what, unless the situation is so bad he has no other choice. This is evident when faced with the challenge of defending the pink palace from the ambush. He decides to fight even against the overwhelming odds. He makes the correct choice, and saves the pink palace and makes a major difference in the war, as that was a major base of operations. He goes over what was going through his head and how he made the tough decision to fight.
Dan Mills captures his and his squads bravery with exceptional detail. Sniper One is a book that I would recommend for any middle school aged child and up. Even adults would enjoy this thrilling heroic tale about one British squads journey during a surprise attack in Iraq.
What did you like/dislike about the project? I liked being able to pick the book I read and report on it to everyone else
What was easy/hard about this project? I thought it was easy as long as you read the book
Do you believe you mastered the standard(s) being assessed? Provide proof of mastery, explaining SPECIFICALLY what you did in order to meet the standard(s), or describe SPECIFICALLY what you could do to achieve mastery in the future. I met all of these standards in paragraphs 3 and 4. I covered A theme and showed how I could use proper gums. I analyzed the authors use of detail and how it improved over the paper.
What did you learn from completing the project?
I learned that I really enjoy reading when it's a book I like and choose.