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English 12/LIT 115 » Literature Project

Literature Project Literature Project
Students choose a novel of literary merit

Click on the links below for a printer-friendly copy of this handout as well as a list of potential choices.


The Literature Project


Rationale:  The purpose of this project is to assess your ability to read, summarize, analyze, and connect pieces of literature as well as assess your writing skills. This is an ongoing project.


The Assignment:  You will choose a novel (a piece of nonfiction or drama may also be acceptable) of literary merit as the focus of your project. You must not be reading or have read the book for another class. Choose your novel carefully because you improve your chances for a successful project if you enjoy the book. You must submit your choice to me for approval.  The final product will consist of:


  • A book review written in a summary/response format
  • A critical analysis: to be assigned later


Due Dates: Your novel choice must have my approval no later than 10/18-19. The remaining dates TBA.


The Book Review:  Unlike a literary analysis, the writer of a review assumes that his/her audience has not read the novel.  Therefore, the first section of the review, the summary, should consist of:

·         The book’s identity: author, title, publishing information, genre, intended audience

·         A short biography of the author

·         Overview of the background and context of the work

·         The thesis and major themes the novel reveals

·         Major internal and external conflicts

·         Description of major characters and their roles

·         A summary of the novel with sufficient detail to familiarize your readers with it (be careful not to compromise the suspense or reveal the ending)

The second part of the review, your detailed response, should consist of:

·         Your assessment of the book – style, language, plot, etc.

·         Your experience reading it.  How did it make you feel?

·         Your opinion of the issues the author raises in the novel

·         Your recommendation – audience, quality, etc.  Who should read it and why?

Note: Because you are being asked to express your opinion, you should use first person point of view.  Remember, you should transition to your response, and your response should be significantly longer than your summary.


The Critical Analysis:  This is similar to the analysis you composed for Frankenstein.  You will be able to choose the specific critical lens.  Your analysis should be at least 2 pages long and written in academic voice.  This will be assigned at a later date


If you are reading or have read the novel for another class, if you plagiarize any part or all of this assignment, you will earn a zero on the entire project and may fail English 12.  You must process your critical analysis and book review through Turnitin.


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