What do I put on a card catalog project--summary, personal opinion, age group, how long?My professor is having us do card catalogs for 25 books; I am not sure what to put in them--a summary?...

What do I put on a card catalog project--summary, personal opinion, age group, how long?

My professor is having us do card catalogs for 25 books; I am not sure what to put in them--a summary? personal response? age group?

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The key to card catalog projects is to define the taxonomy – what features of the 25 books do you want to taxonomize, to give an order to?  If genre, you would want to identify novels vs. biographies vs. short story anthologies vs. poetry collections, etc.  If period, you would want to catalogue publication dates, etc.  You would not, for example, cite the color of the cover, unless you wanted to decorate with them.  Determine your reason for making the cards, and the relevant information will emerge.  Libraries use an alphabetical system for, say, novels, because most patrons are seeking the physical book by knowing its title; but they catalogue by subject also, because patrons want to browse through the range of books on, say, acting; and by authors' names, because patrons might want to find more books by a favorite author.  If your teacher specified a use for the cards, follow that guide.  If not, invent an interesting taxonomy (degree of figurative language, or personal enjoyment, or length of text, or degree of spirituality, etc.) and register that information on your cards. If the teacher intends to combine all the cards of all the students, then you should confer with the other students.  The pedagogical value of the assignment lies in your looking at the literature closely.

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