Exploring the Genre of Review Writing
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
- Review writing is not intimidating to your reluctant writers due to its short length and conversational style.
- It requires a blended approach to reading and writing. In turn, students learn to read like a writer and see the relationship between the two.
- Students learn how to create a strong introduction, defend a judgment through supporting details, as well as learn the importance of being descriptive.
- Reviews serve a real purpose, allowing your students to start the year off with writing for an audience.
- It allows students to write about a variety of things that interests them, while using resources that meet individual's needs.
With a blended approach to reading and writing, particular attention will be given to formative assessment and how that helps guides the instruction of teaching, learning, and producing written works of review.
- Students read a wide range of print to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world. -NCTE standards
- Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.-NCTE standards
- Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print. -NCTE standards
- Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources (e.g., print, artifacts, people) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.-NCTE standards
- Evaluate and thoughtfully respond to literature and products through the craft of study.
- Read, review, and reflect on a variety of written works by professionals and peers.
- Understand the importance of written reviews in our literate lives.
- Recommend and persuade peers to read and try out different products and book selections.
- Use self-reflection and formative assessment to improve their quality of writing.
- Participate with an online book review community.
- Use technology tools to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences
- Use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences
- Use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.
- Learn to think critically about objectively about ones own reading and writing.
Lesson Plans for this Unit
Lesson 1: Writing Food Reviews: Food for Thought
Lesson 3: Book Reviews: Online and Beyond!