Review Quotes / Book Reviews - 8 page, step-by-step, how to write a great review

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Both "The Book Whisperer" by Donalyn Miller and "Readicide" by Kelly Gallagher extoll the virtues of book reviews - a fantastic, authentic, engaging, powerful, and practical way to incorporate reading and writing into your curriculum.

With these mini-lessons, you can scaffold and guide your students through the process of writing an exciting and meaningful review of any 'text' - from short stories and books to poems and movies.

After I teach this unit, I have my students write a review quote as assessments for their independent reading for my class. Here is an example of a review quote a student wrote - based on these lessons - for the short story "Battleground" by Stephen King:

"Battleground is a phenomenal book written by one of the best writers of all time, Stephen King. As you read, you will come to realize the ingenious horror-filled fantasy that is Battleground. Stephen King takes you on one of the most petrifying action thrill rides. This story follows the events of an egotistical assassin by the name of John Renshaw, who lives in a high class penthouse. He had recently finished a mission that leads to someone's desire for revenge. When he returns, he is greeted with a suspicious package. What the sender doesn't realize is that Renshaw is not a force to be toyed with. What new discoveries will Renshaw make with this mind-boggling package? Losing sight of who you are causes you to lose sight of what is most important."

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This unit includes:
8-page handout of step-by-step directions
Word Choice handout
Self-review checklist
Many models

With these review quotes, students can share, discuss, and encourage each other to try a new text. They can also be used as an assessment of both writing (style, organization, word choice, conventions) and reading comprehension (character, setting, theme).

I've also encouraged students to upload their review quotes to GoodReads to make this a more authentic, community-based writing experience.

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Review Quotes / Book Reviews - 8 page, step-by-step, how t
Review Quotes / Book Reviews - 8 page, step-by-step, how t
Review Quotes / Book Reviews - 8 page, step-by-step, how t
Review Quotes / Book Reviews - 8 page, step-by-step, how t
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