Read Sophie’s World and Write About It

Psy 182 History of Psychology                     Sophie’s World Book Report Format

 

DUE DATES: 

            The first 100-point paper is due Wednesday, September 20 through SafeAssign by 11:55pm. It will cover from the first chapter (In the Garden of Eden) in the text through the chapter on Descartes. The second 100-point paper is due Wednesday, October 18 through SafeAssign by 11:55pm and will cover from the chapter on Spinoza through the end of the book. Late papers will lose 20 points automatically and an additional 10 points per class period late.

 

FORMAT:  Please check the format example before writing and submitting your paper.  The length of the report must be between 1,400 and 2,400 words in length (total word count) and will vary depending on how concise your writing is.  You will be graded on content, the quality of your analyses, and the quality of your writing, including grammar and spelling.  I reserve the right to return your paper unread if you have not followed the proper format or if you have more than four spelling or grammatical errors per page.  When you use the words of others, use quotation marks and reference appropriately. These papers will be checked by SafeAssign for plagiarism. You will lose points for plagiarism, either from the original book or from other papers. Extreme cases of plagiarism may result in an F on the paper and/or in the class. To be graded, reports must have an APA title page, abstract and reference page (please see the example on Blackboard).

 

CONTENT: You will have four main sections of your paper plus a references section. Below, I provide directions on what to put in each section.  Read through this and the sample paper before you start your paper. I suggest as you read the book, use Post-it® stickers or something similar to mark the main points and analogies you find interesting. That way, you do not have to go back through the novel when it comes time to write.

 

Title (Intro)

Describe the content of the book in terms of the questions the author is trying to answer in this part of the book.  For example, “Gaarder recounts the history of Western philosophy by telling the story of a young girl who has questions about life and becomes involved in a mystery she attempts to solve.”  This section should be no more than one or two short paragraphs. The first and second book reports should have different introductions.

Main Topics

Describe six main topics (philosopher, idea, or theme) in the half of the book about which you are reporting (first paper covers the first half, second paper covers the second half).  Use one to three paragraphs for each main topic.  Please number each of the six and indicate the pages which the topic spans. This section will be about the meat of the book, not the plot or mystery.  Any of the “six main topics” can be philosophers (e.g., Aristotle, Descartes, Hegel), questions across time (e.g., Is knowledge innate or acquired?) and/or historical trends (e.g., Hellenism). They can be in any combination (e.g., four philosophers, one trend, and one question). Be sure to sample from across the chapters you read for each report.  You will lose points if you skip over more than 50 pages of the text without addressing a topic from those pages.

Anecdotes

Gaarder employs many anecdotes to explain the ideas he is teaching in this book. Write about three anecdotes (e.g., stories, illustrations, analogies, examples) you especially enjoyed (for example, the cookie cutter or Legos stories). Please use one paragraph per anecdote.  First, make a statement of the principle to illustrated and briefly (1 sentence) describe then anecdote then explain why you like it. Please number each of these and cite the page numbers which the anecdote spans.

 

Evaluation and Conclusion

Write a statement of how this part of the book contributed to your knowledge of psychology and its history.  You can consider such things as integration and/or explanation of principles, tracing the line of a particular viewpoint, what the work contributes, what the work lacks, and so on.  You may also include the philosophical changes to your own world view that you may have undergone.

 

GRADING:

Rubric

Item Value Notes
Title Page, Abstract, Running Head 10 ·         Include a cover page, an abstract (on its own page), and a running head
Pages, Spacing, Font, Length 10 ·         Use double spacing and page numbers

·         Use a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman, Calibri, Cambria)  in 11 or 12 point

·         Follow APA style formatting (in all aspects)

·         Be between 1,400 and 2,400 words in length (total word count)

Introduction 15 ·         Describe the content of the book in terms of the questions the author is trying to answer in this part of the book

·         The first and second book reports should have different introductions.

Main Topics 30 ·         Describe six main topics (philosopher, idea, or theme) in the half of the book about which you are reporting

·         Please number each of the six and indicate the pages which the topic spans.

Anecdotes 25 ·         Write about three anecdotes you enjoyed

·         Please number each of these and cite the page numbers which the anecdote spans.

Referencing Format 10 ·         Use APA citation formatting

·         Include a references list on its own page

Deductions ?? ·         Deductions will be taken for un-cited/unquoted sentences with a 90+% match to another source.

·         Deductions will be taken for any 50-continuous pages of the book that are not referenced

·         20 point deduction for the first day late

·         10-point deduction for every further class-day late

TOTAL 100 Just say no to plagiarism!

 

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