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1. To teach students that all book/film reviews are not equal, have them compare and contrast the depth and quality of book reviews published in the trade magazines (e.g., Publisher's Weekly), scholarly journals, mainstream press, and Amazon.com.
2. Explore through reviews, biographical information, and periodical databases how and why a work/film becomes a "classic." What effect does a classical work have on a discipline? [from King's College/University of Newfoundland]
3. Recommend an authoritative edition of a classic work. Use scholarly book reviews to support recommendation.
4. Have students update an older review article in the scholarly literature.
5. To understand the context behind ideas and the people that generate them, have students examine the credibility of a major monograph in the field. Who wrote it? What are the author's credentials? What is the point of view of the book? Find three reviews of it and compare them. Suggest comparable works (with reasons)[from Kings College & University of Newfoundland]
6. Ask students to locate and read two or three book or film reviews of a work. Do the reviews vary? If so, why? What viewpoints, biases or assumptions do the reviewers exhibit? Provides insight into how scholars communicate as well as the important of critical recpetion. [from King's College/University of Newfoundland]
7. Review the reviewers. Have students locate and critique two or more reviewers of one book or film. The critique might include the following questions:
- How does each reviewer approach the book?
- What aspect of the book does each focus on?
- Do they emphasize summary of book over critical comment?
- What are their respective attitudes towards the book?
- Is each reviewer fair and balanced? Do they balance the book’s strengths and weakness?
- Do the reviewers support their comments using textual evidence or outside sources?