Essential Critiques Set 3
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.
Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.
Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
- Spring 2020
- Fall 2019
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 8|
|Subject||History, Language Arts|
|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|
Essential Critiques Set 3 - School Library Journal
Filled with colorful pictures. . ., these volumes are written in a direct and relatable style that brings the basics of critical theory to life. Following a biography of the writer, the authors go back and forth between plot summaries of their subjects’ works and critical analysis. A different criticism is applied to each book discussed. . .[and] the authors do a great job of highlighting and using explanatory sidebars to give readers a real sense of how a literary essay ought to be written. Each of these chapters ends by asking readers to think critically and consider several questions about the featured book. Similarly, a great closing section called, “You Critique It” encourages students to model what they have just read and gives them helpful starting points in creating their own essays. These volumes are a great way to bring popular culture into the classroom in order to engage students and enable them to make meaningful connections to other works
How to Analyze the Works of Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison, Sylvia Plath (Essential Critiques) – School Library Journal
In this innovative series, students learn how to extend their understanding of literature to society at large, and, more importantly, to see how critical theory shapes thinking. Readers learn how to form a thesis and provide evidence, get an overview of the authors’ major works, and examine critiques that offer examples of critical theory. Thoughtful questions guide readers to new ways of comprehension, and “You Critique It” sections encourage them to create their own.