2. Planning the analytical book review

Consider the following process to prepare your book review:

  1. Read the assigned text, noting down your thoughts in connection with the question/ theme.
    a. Highlight/note down relevant pieces of the text that you could paraphrase, summarize or quote in your review.
  2. Formulate an initial stance on the question/theme.
    a. Revisit the text and your notes to identify support for your stance.
  3. Search for and read related academic articles to support your stance or discover alternative viewpoints.
    a. Highlight/note down relevant sentences from sources that you could paraphrase, summarize or quote in your review.
  4. Possibly adjust your stance based on your research.
  5. Prepare an outline of your book review, with a focus on the clear presentation of reasons for your stance.

Good preparation can make the writing of your first draft flow more easily, and can generally help with clearer organization of your ideas.

About this website

EWRite is an open access online literacy platform for PolyU community that has two major objectives:

  • to support PolyU students’ literacy development within and across the disciplines
  • to support subject and language teachers to implement system-level measures for integrating literacy-sensitive pedagogies across the university

This platform provides access to generic genre guides representing typical university assignments as well as links to subjects offered by faculties with specific disciplinary genres and relevant support materials.

The materials can be retrieved by students by choosing the genres that interest them on the landing page. Each set of materials includes a genre guide, genre video, and a genre checklist. The genre guide and video are to summarize the genres in two different ways (i.e. textual and dynamic) to fit different learning styles. The genre checklist is for students to self-regulate their writing process. The genre guide and checklist include links to various ELC resources that can provide further explanation to language items (e.g. hedging and academic vocabulary).

The platform also acts as a one-stop-shop for writing resources for students, language teachers and subject leaders. Information about the English Writing Requirement policy can also be found on this platform. There are training materials for new colleagues joining the EWR Liaison Team.