Here's what I did last year for the review...it is mostly a copy from Read Write Think.
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- Tara, I really like how yours asks students to build their own knowledge of what a review should include. I think I will go with the idea of having them bring in sample reviews. I love that.

Here's my assignment from last year + several book review samples from TeenInk. I think they're useful as model reviews. If I find any ones from actual students I had and can scan them, I'll put them on here. Want to focus on Development, Organization, and Conventions for this assignment, too? Might be good to reinforce those in the second half of first quarter before introducing anymore.


I like your model reviews. I think I will make some copies to give kids who "forget" to bring in a review. I might also replace the Harry Potter reviews I used last year. I remember that I didn't love them, but don't remember why. Can anyone think of another film/book about which to find 2 contrasting reviews?

Where was the Harry Potter review from? I didn't know where to look besides TeenInk. What about Girl, Interrupted, Into the Wild, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants? Or one of the Jane Austin remakes, like Sense and Sensibility.

Do you have the "Components of a Review" and "Reviewer Checklist" sheets? What do you think of this for a rubric? When does the quarter end? Wasn't sure on a due date.