1. Begin with the author, title, and date of publication.
2. Speak clearly, and look directly at your audience (not just at the Prof.!)
3. Showing the cover of the book is a nice way to capture the attention of the audience, and to quickly
demonstrate the book’s length, size, and appearance.
4. Summarize the thesis or main idea (s) of the book in 2-4 sentences.
5. Mention at least one memorable aspect of the book, so that at the end of class we will remember
something distinctive about your book.
6. Limit the presentation to less than 5 minutes. You should time yourself at least once in advance so you
have some sense of how much can be said in five minutes.
7. You may stand or sit as you prefer.
8. Give the book a thumbs-up or thumbs-down for inclusion in a future iteration of our class, and briefly
explain why it should (or should not) be included for future students.
9. Audio-Visual aids (e.g., Powerpoint slides, Web sites, use of chalk-board, posters, costumes, etc.) are always welcome but are not required for this assignment.
My grateful thanks to Professor Chris Carlsmith, University of Massachusetts-Lowell for immediately obliging me, when I asked for permission to use his ideas, and also for wishing us the best, on the Oral Book Review Sessions. Thank you Professor. The original link is HERE