Essential Critiques Set 2
Famous film directors, actors, authors, artists, and musicians take the stage in this unique series. Essential Critiques explores the creative works of pop culture icons in theater, literature, film, art, and music. Each book gives an examination and criticism of four individual works by the book's subject, as well as background biographical information. The "how to" approach helps readers identify a thesis and supporting arguments while strengthening critical thinking skills. A timeline and list of works concludes each book, as well as "You Critique It," inviting readers to analyze other creative works on their own. Essential Critiques is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
- Spring 2020
- Fall 2019
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 8|
|Subject||History, Language Arts, Music|
|Number of Pages||112|
|Title Format||Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks|
|Dimensions||6.25 x 9.25|
|Features||Glossary of key words, Index, Informative sidebars, Reviewed, Sources for further research, and Table of contents|
|Online Resources||FREE! Booklinks Nonfiction Network|
How to Analyze the Films of Tim Burton, James Cameron, George Lucas (Essential Critiques) – School Library Journal
These titles provide insight into what critical theory is and how popular films can be analyzed through different schools of criticism. There is also some basic biographical information provided about the filmmaker. The authors do not overwhelm readers; instead they approach each critique by explaining the theories and supporting the arguments being presented. They all reinforce the importance of the thesis statement and the idea of supporting their arguments with critical thinking. Colorful photographs and movie stills appear throughout. Great additions for students beginning to study literature or film.
How to Analyze the Works of J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer (Essential Critiques) – School Library Journal
These titles engage students in the process of literary criticism by using works with which most teens are familiar. The chapters are broken down into small, easy-to-manage sections with headings, and helpful tools and guides appear throughout. In modeling clear examples of literary criticism through familiar books, the authors enable students to make meaningful connections with the theories and move on to applying them to other works.
How To Analyze the Music of Bob Dylan (Essential Critiques) – Horn Book Guide
From a clear definition of critical theory and its purpose to practical applications, this title presents a well-written introduction to the analysis of music and lyrics. The biographical sketch, followed by a comprehensive comparison and analysis of Dylan’s protest and personal songs, provides a worthy model for thinking critically and developing and defending a thesis.
How to Analyze the Music of Bob Dylan, How to Analyze the Films of George Lucas, James Cameron, Tim Burton (Essential Critiques) – Booklist
With these entries in the Essential Critiques series, students can discover a greater depth to their film and music experiences and learn to tackle these art forms in the same manner they approach literature at school.