Writing book reviews offer students the opportunity to share their favorite books and to discover new books based on peer recommendations. The book review checklist is standards-based (AERO and Common Core) and provides students with the grade-level expectations in student-friendly language. There are 3 checklists containing different options for self-reflection, peer feedback, and teacher feedback. The student-model includes annotation boxes to practice identifying the different parts of the book review.
There are many options for posting and sharing student book reviews.
1. Share on an online format - Biblionasium, student blogs, etc...
2. Have students create a book review video using Green Screen by Do Ink.
3. Record a QR code presentations of the book review with an accompanying picture of the student and/or book cover.
4. Hang student writing in the classroom and share during the literacy block.
Writing book reviews is a great way to hold students accountable for their independent reading. But most importantly, it builds a culture of reading and sharing both inside and outside the classroom.