For this assignment, read a book that matches one of the topics on the class syllabus, and write a review of it. The body of this paper should use the sections given in the Gibbs’ Cycle and be written as a personal book review. Marks are assigned as outli



For this assignment, read a book that matches one of the topics on the class syllabus, and write a review of it.  The body of this paper should use the sections given in the Gibbs’ Cycle  and be written as a personal  book review. Marks are assigned as outlined below:

Introduction (10%) - Review the book, state the title, the author, the reason why the book/article was selected, the meaning of reflection, the introduction of Gibbs’ Cycle and how it is used

Description (20%) - the meaning of section and the explanation of what the wheel of thought does, followed by all the attributes of the wheel (Gibbs’)

Feelings (5%) – the student’s feelings before, during, and after reading the the book - regarding the topic

Evaluation - (20%) - Evaluate the book, ( how it is written) introduction of the intellectual standards. Selection of Clarity plus two intellectual standards they choose from the marking sheet

Intellectual Standards

Elements of Reasoning


(situation analysis; important data, facts, observations for analysis and decision making)


(theories, principles, models to be applied in the analysis or exercise)

Points of View

(important stakeholders to consider in the analysis and resulting decision(s))


(presuppositions, values or beliefs  that must be explicitly stated)


(potential +/- outcomes or consequences of decisions or strategies)


(articulation of conclusions, interpretation, recommendation based on information, concepts, POV, assumptions and Implications)

Analysis - (30%) - Use of course content to analyse the most interesting section of the book

Conclusion - (8%) - Explain what conclusions you have reached about your experience based on the content of the book

Action Plan - (7%) - Outline several steps you plan to take in the future to use the information in the book in your life

Remember, you MUST demonstrate critical thinking in the presented material to get the best mark




Written Communication Assessment 10%



Did not meet expectations


Met expectations


Exceeded expectations

Writing Conventions

(grammar, word use, punctuation, mechanics)


grammatical errors

and misspellings

inhibit readability Informal language, abbreviations and slang are used

Few grammatical errors

(3 or fewer per page)

Correct verb tense used

Paragraphs flow from

one to another Active

voice pervasive

Free of grammatical errors

and misspellings Effective verb tense used; Uses phrases and

construction that delight as

well as inform the reader

Primarily active voice

Overall Effectiveness appearance/format

Not formatted to Specifications, Lacking professional appearance

Formatting is generally

correct, acceptable

professional appearance.

Assigned format followed

explicitly: Exceptional

professional appearance


Critical Thinking and Written Analyses Rubric 90%



Did Not Meet Expectations


Met Expectations


Exceeded Expectations


Writing is not clear. It is

difficult to understand points

being made. The writing lacks

transitions, and few examples and/or illustrations are provided to support explanation or


Writing is generally well organized and understood. Transitions are used to facilitate clarity. Some examples and/illustrations are used to support explanation or recommendations.

Writing is succinct, precise,

effectively organized no ambiguity. Transitions, explanation and elaboration are extensive to elucidate points. Detailed illustrations and/or examples are used to support explanation & recommendations


Critical issues/questions are

omitted or ignored in the writing.

Writing addresses most of the critical issues/questions

All critical issues/questions

are addressed completely in writing

Depth of




Ignores bias; Omits arguments

Misrepresents issues; Excludes data; Includes but does not detect inconsistency of

information; Ideas contain

unnecessary gaps, repetition or extraneous details overlooks differences

Detects bias; Recognizes arguments; Categorizes content; Paraphrases data;

Sufficient detail to support conclusions and/or recommendations


Analysis includes insightful

questions; Refutes bias; Discusses

issues thoroughly; Critiques content; Values information Examines inconsistencies;

Offers extensive detail to support conclusions and recommendations; Suggests solutions/ implementation

Breadth of Discussion



Omits arguments or

perspectives; Misses major

content areas/concepts;

Presents few options

Covers the breadth of the topic without being superfluous

Considers multiple

perspectives; Thoroughly delves into the issues/questions;

Thoroughly discusses  relevant facts


Elements of Reasoning



Fails to draw conclusions or

conclusions rely on author’s

authority rather than strength of presentation; Draws faulty conclusions; Shows intellectual dishonesty

Formulates clear conclusions with adequate support

Assimilates and critically

reviews information, uses

reasonable judgment, and

provides balanced, well

justified conclusions

Internally Consistent

There is little integration across the sections of the paper. Several inconsistencies or contradictions exist. Few of the issues, recommendations and explanations make sense; not well integrated.

Sections of the paper are generally well linked/connected. Only minor contradictions exist. Most of the issues, recommendations and explanations make sense and are well integrated.

All sections of the paper are

linked. There are no

contradictions in the

writing. All issues,

recommendations and

explanations make sense

and are well integrated


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