Writing a book review lesson

I started reading book reviews out of my People magazine and online to help narrow down my choices. Book reviews are a useful resource for reading fans, but can also be an alternative assessment tool for teachers. Before students can write a book review, you must introduce them to professionally written pieces. Take them to the computer lab and go to sites that have notable book reviews, like the New York Times or Barnes and Noble Review.

Writing a book review lesson

This plan will not only teach students how to write their own book reviews, but will open their eyes to the usefulness of published book reviews in their literary selections.

I started reading book reviews out of my People magazine and online to help narrow down my choices. Book reviews are a useful resource for reading fans, but can also be an alternative assessment tool for teachers.

Before students can write a book review, you must introduce them to professionally written pieces. Take them to the computer lab and go to sites that have notable book reviews, like the New York Times or Barnes and Noble Review.

If you do not have access to the internet, you can always clip reviews from magazines, like People or from the newspaper. Read several reviews as a class and discuss the format reviewers use when writing about a book. Be sure to point out that reviews provide a general summary, name major characters, introduce the major conflicts in the story, and give either a positive, negative, or neutral opinion of the work.

Good reviews will never reveal the resolution to the conflict, so encourage them to avoid giving away the ending! I also use this time discuss how reviewing books, movies, and other media can easily turn into a profession.

Students are in awe at the many different types of reviewers that are in our mainstream media today. There are reviewers for video games, phone apps, computer software, as well as the typical book and movie reviewers.

As a class we discuss how much fun a career in reviewing could bring to someone who has an avid interest in the subject matter they are critiquing.

writing a book review lesson

Tying a real-world application to the assignment helps middle school kids to see the answer to the eternal adolescent question, "Why do I need to know this" that every teacher seems to encounter on a daily if not on a daily basis!

I usually like students to implement the "Plot Pyramid" structure that they learn early on in the year, which follows the five steps of plot organization: Of course, I have them leave off resolution, so the ending to the novel is not revealed to the reader.

This ends up being a four paragraph structure minus the resolutionand then I have them add an "opinion paragraph" at the end of their plot assessment to make the structure a five-paragraph essay form.

If you have advanced students, or if you think your students are ready, you can also require quote integration into the article. You will also be able to pick up on who actually read the book, and who is "writing blind", based on the relevance of their quotes.

At the end of the article, students can also rank the book on a four star system one star being a horrible book and four stars being an awesome book. Students can draw the stars and color them in, or you can use clip art in Microsoft WordOn the board, write the URL of a book review website that you will be using for the lesson.

Direct students through the steps/clicks necessary to access a book review that you have pre-selected. Designed for students in grades 2 and 3, this lesson demonstrates the process for writing book reviews and offers ideas for publishing student reviews.

Students begin by evaluating book reviews written and read aloud by other children. Book Review Writing Examples Examples: Learn from the efforts of others.

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Learning how to write strong reviews takes time and not a little effort. This resource is a list of questions about character, plot, style, and reader response.

Although the questions prompt students for thoughts about the book, it is not a process guide for "how to" write a book review. With this lesson, students create book reviews that mimic traditional reviews found in magazines and on websites.

This plan will not only teach students how to write their own book reviews, but will open their eyes to the usefulness of published book reviews in their literary selections. Children will learn about book reviews, research authors on the Web, then write, edit, publish, and share book reviews of their own.

This project enables the children to see what others are writing about books, modeling the format that they will need to follow.

Exploring the Genre of Review Writing | Scholastic