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HUM 230/IS 230 Italian American Culture

Assignment for Dr. Antonucci's Class


Object: This assignment is designed to introduce and cultivate critical reading and thinking skills, develop information literacy, and engage students in the academic writing process.


Pick either Christ in Concrete by Pietro di Donato or Son of Italy by Pascal D'Angelo. You will be required to write a critical review of the  book you choose that is 3-5 typed,  double-spaced  pages.  All  citations,  as  well  as  the bibliography, must be in the Chicago style. This is a CRITICAL book review, meaning that you will need to analyze the book carefully.  Among  the  questions you should consider are:

   Why did the author of the book choose to write on the Italian immigrant experience?

What is the author's main goal in writing this book? Does the author state a purpose?

What are the main arguments of the book?

Would you characterize the book as sympathetic to the subject or critical? Are you convinced by the arguments of the author?

What are the strengths and weaknesses of the book? ls the book well written?

What type of readers would find the book useful? (Students, General Readers, Experts in the field?)

These are  just some of the  questions  to consider in your papers. The bottom line is that you are expected to engage the  materials and  ask  why D'Angelo or di Donato wrote on the immigrant experience. All authors have an agenda. As part of the assignment, you are  required  to do research  on the author  to find out who they are. The more you know about the authors, the better you will be able to discern their purpose.

In order to help with the research for this paper, a library instruction session will be provided to the class on January 29, 2019.


Plagiarism is using the words or ideas of others without giving credit where credit is due. If you use the exact words of another person (no matter what the length), you must put those words in quotation marks and include a citation to indicate their source. If you use someone else's ideas or paraphrase someone's words, you must also cite that. You must also indicate the source of specific facts you use in a paper.

The Modern Language Association's MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers defines plagiarism as follows:

  • repeating another's sentences as your own,
  • adopting a particularly apt phrase as your own,
  • paraphrasing someone else's argument as your own,
  • presenting someone else's line of thinking in the development of a thesis as though it were your own.

In short, to plagiarize is to give the impression that you have written or thought something that you have in fact borrowed from another. Writers may use another person's words and thoughts but must acknowledge them.

The penalties for plagiarism may be severe, ranging from failure on the particular piece of work, to failure in the course, to expulsion from the college in extreme cases.




Sample Book Review

Citation Assignment

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