Book Review Instructions
You will write a 1,000-word book review of The King Jesus Gospel by Scot McKnight. This review will contain a short summary of the book, a personal response, a discussion of the book’s strengths and weaknesses and an application of the book in your life. You must follow the guidelines carefully. Use the following format in preparing your Book Review:
1. Summary: Summarize what you have read into 250 words. Prove that you comprehend the readings by writing a no-nonsense summary (picture a summary similar to reading the back cover of a book to decide if you want to read it).
2. Concrete responses: In at least 250 words, relate a personal life experience that this book connected with in your own life. Relate your story in first person, describing action, and quoting sentences you remember hearing or saying. You will remember almost nothing you have read unless you make this critical, personal connection. What video memory began to roll? This is your chance to tell your story and make new ideas found in the book your own.
3. Reflection: What new questions do you have in response to what you have read? Keep a rough note sheet at hand as you read. Begin with questions like: “What would I like further information on?” “Where do I disagree/strongly agree with the author?” “What bothers me/excites me about this content?” “What are the strengths and weaknesses of this book?” This section must be at least 250 words.
4. Application: How does information in the book influence how you are going to continue your own personal growth process? What actions or changes are you going to make in your life as a result of your learning? Your response here is a matter of obedience first, questions later. Be precise in summarizing your action steps (limit these comments to about 250 words).
Note: Your grade for the Book Review depends on the quality and thoroughness of your response to each of these four headings. Include each heading in the body of your paper.
|Criteria||Levels of Achievement|
|Content 70%(105 points)||Advanced||Proficient||Developing||Not present|
|Book Comprehension||27 to 30 pointsExtraordinary, succinct and no-nonsense summary of the entire book.||21 to 26 pointsProficient, succinct and no-nonsense summary of the entire book.||1 to 20 pointsAdequate summary of the book.||0 pointsNot present|
|Concrete Response/Personal Connection to the Book||23 to 25 pointsExcellent response to the book connecting a personal life experience from the student with relevant material in the book.||18 to 22 pointsQuality response to the book connecting a personal life experience from the student with relevant material in the book.||1 to 17 pointsResponse to the book seeking to connect a students’ personal life experience with relevant material in the book.||0 pointsNot present|
|Reflection||23 to 25 pointsExhaustive efforts are given towards reflection containing questions for further study and critical thinking regarding the whole of the topic of the book.||18 to 22 pointsRather thorough efforts are given towards reflection containing questions for further study and critical thinking regarding the topic of the book.||1 to 17 pointsAdequate efforts are given towards reflection containing questions for further study and critical thinking regarding the topic of the book.||0 pointsNot present|
|Application||23 to 25 pointsExceptional and precise summary of the students’ intended action steps presented as a result of the books’ influence upon the student.||18 to 22 pointsStrong summary of the students’ intended action steps presented as a result of the books’ influence upon the student.||1 to 17 pointsAdequate efforts are given to summarize the students’ intended action steps presented as a result of the books’ influence upon the student.||0 pointsNot present|
|Structure 30%(45 points)||Advanced||Proficient||Developing||Not present|
|Formatting||14 to 15 pointsExceptional formatting of paper in accordance with the latest edition of the Turabian Style Guide with title page, citations, reference page, and proper headings and subheadings.||11 to 13 pointsWell formatted paper in accordance with the latest edition of the Turabian Style Guide with title page, citations, reference page, and proper headings and subheadings.||1 to 10 pointsPaper is somewhat in accordance with Turabian style formatting, including some, or all of the following: title page, citations, reference page, clear headings and subheadings.||0 pointsTurabian style formatting is not present|
|Language||14 to 15 pointsVery concise, clear, with consistently proper grammar, spelling, sentence structure and paragraphing.||11 to 13 pointsClear, with minimal errors in grammar, spelling, sentence structure and paragraphing.||1 to 10 pointsPeriodic errors in grammar, spelling, sentence structure and paragraphing. Inconsistent grammar, spelling and paragraphing throughout paper.||0 pointsNot present|
|Word Count||14 to 15 pointsRequired word count (1000 words per Book Review Instructions document) is met.||11 to 13 pointsThe majority of the requirements as relate to this assignment per the Book Review Instructions document have been met.||1 to 10 pointsThe Book Review Instructions document have been only partially met and should have been followed more closely.||0 pointsNot present|