critical book review the art of the commonplace by wendell berry


Read Berry text. Begin writing assignment. Due date for writing assignment is on the course calendar., May 3rd.

Critical Book Review of “The Art of the Commonplace”

The Art of the Commonplace is a collection of essays that covers a wide range of social issues including agriculture and the environment, family and marriage, consumerism, and globalism. The topic of each of these essays ultimately ends up with government and politics having an effect or response on the issue.


Your assignment is two-fold.

1. Summarize the entire book in half of your 7 page paper in the book review.

2. Relate your original conclusions to a single essay of the book and its issues in the remaining 3.5 pages of your essay.

In your conclusions, address how government would deal with the issues. You may not dismiss the issue by saying that government has no effect.

You may research the issue if you are unfamiliar to it as how government might address it. If you include that information in your paper, be sure to footnote and acknowledge the source in the bibliography of your paper.

Your paper must reflect the following:

  1. An essay format.
  2. Minimum 7 full pages in length.
  3. Typed, double-spaced text with 12 point type, no larger or smaller.
  4. Handwritten papers will not be accepted.
  5. E copies are your submittal. Late papers receive maximum grade “D”.
  6. Point value of assignment: 300 points
  7. Title page required. An example is provided.
  8. Papers will be graded for content, grammar, and punctuation. Be sure to number your pages. Footnote your sources using MPLA or APA formatting. In addition to footnotes, be sure to include a bibliography page at the end of your paper.
  9. Should you have any questions regarding these instructions, contact your instructor prior to the due date of the assignment.

See below

Sample title page:

A Critical Book Review of “The Art of the Commonplace”

By Wendell Berry

Analysis by: (your name)

Political Science 1

Dr. Escover

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