Read the book”Talking to Strangers” By Malcolm Gladwell
In this book summary, you have the obligation to show the perspective of the book, along with your personal take as it supports the point of the author. I could, for example, disagree with the writer, and if I do, I need to explain why along with showing what the reading is about. When I grade your report, I will be using a rubric, rather than my take on your point of view about the book.
Here are some guidelines to follow:
1.- Your report needs to be a minimum of 5 pages long, and not more than 6.
2.- Summarize in your own words what the author of the book is trying to convey.
3.- Divide the book in half and start reading the first half right away.
4.- Provide samples from the book to strengthen your point.
Make sure you read up to page 167 to make sure you can provide a summary of what the sections in the book are about and to recognize a pattern of what the overall point is from this first half of the book. If you chose this book, you are doing more of a traditional summary of what the book is about. Here is an example of a quick summary of one of the points the book is trying to make. One pattern that emerges from reading the first half of the book is that there are so many instances in which we are confronted with what people are like, but we tend to ignore this if the situation makes us uncomfortable because it is easier to give people the benefit of a doubt, even though there are so many trends that point out to how people are not genuinely telling the truth. One specific case is with Fidel Castro Cuban spies in the US. Such is the case With Ana Belen Montes who should have been known to be a spy, but the CIA ignored all the obvious signs. We do this (ignore obvious signs) because is human nature to give people the benefit of the doubt with mostly internalizing information that gives us positive outlooks on what people are like rather than letting us see the true intentions in people. However, The point is not that we always assume the positive, but that we misread the signs which lead to miscommunication. I believe the author is trying to say that it is easier to figure out who is lying and who is trying to be deceiving when that person is a stranger. The more we know the person, the more we tend to not see their true intentions. What other patterns have you seen in this section?
5.- Overall, the same rubric applies to the book report regardless of the book you select.