DAVID AND GOLIATH: UNDERDOGS, MISFITS, AND THE ART OF BATTLING GIANTS

· DAVID AND GOLIATH: UNDERDOGS, MISFITS, AND THE ART OF BATTLING GIANTS, by Malcolm Gladwell, Little, Brown and Company, 2013.

Deliverables

· Summary. Provide an overview of the introduction section and four out of the nine chapters of the book (your choice of chapters) – 100-150 words per chapter.

· Quote (“cut and paste”) your favorite sentence(s) for each chapter summary and the introduction. Explain the quote and tell me why you liked it (in less than 100 words).

· Message/Agree or disagree? Thinking in strategic terms, for your own life or for an organization, explain the main message for each chapter (about 100 words). Also, tell me if you agree or disagree with the message and why (50-75 words).

         Example

Chapter 4 – You wouldn’t wish dyslexia on your child. Or Would you?

– Summary: Chapter 4 invites us to reinterpret the way we categorize advantages… (100-150 words)

– Quote a favorite sentence(s):  “Normally we think that we are better at solving problems when they are presented clearly and simply. But here the opposite happened.” This quote direct us to consider…(less than 100 words)

– Message/Agree or disagree?: The chapter’s main message is… (about 100 words). I agree/ disagree with this message because… (50-75 words)

*Word counts: about 350-450 words for each chapter covers Summary, Quote, and Message/Agree or Disagree.

Grading

· 70% quality of content – Relevant questions: Does it look like you read the chapter? Did your summary cover the key elements of the chapter in the suggested length? Was it persuasive or novel?

· 20% quality of writing (inclusive of grammar, punctuation, spelling, citation, and references): Is it readable? Does it flow?

· 10% format – Does the review follow the APA format? Is it clearly organized with proper titles and subtitles?

Please comply with the required format

· APA (American Psychological Association) format required. Format adherence, inclusive of readability, and grammar is worth 20% of the final report grade.

· Check ‘Syllabus|Outline|Grading’ for ‘APA Format Template’ and ‘APA Example with Comment’.

· Double line spacing, 11-12 font size. Generally, a one-page report needs about 300 words with a double line spacing. For this assignment, about a total of 6-7 pages for contents (Introduction and 4 chapters) and 1-2 pages for title page and references.  

· Start early! Don’t wait until the last minute.

· Upload and submit it via the title link by the Friday of Week 8, which is FRIDAY 11:59 PM EST.

· Your submission will be checked for originality and plagiarism using the SafeAssign technology. 

Submission: Click the assignment title for submission.

· Book Review Report Evaluation Criteria

 CriteriaContentsPoints 
 Quality of ContentsIntroduction: Summary, Quote, Message10 
  First Chapter: Summary, Quote, Message12 
  Second Chapter: Summary, Quote, Message12 
  Third Chapter: Summary, Quote, Message12 
  Fourth Chapter: Summary, Quote, Message12 
 Quality of writingInclusive of grammar, punctuation, spelling, references & citation14 
 FormatAPA format, organization8 
 Total80 
 *Similarity index will be applied to the total score (based on SafeAssign)
 **Words counts and Page requirements will be applied to the total score.

FYI: Similarity index (SafeAssign Plagiarism Check Criteria): 0 – 15%: Acceptable 15 – 40%: Need thorough review Over 40%: High possibility of Plagiarism

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