Writing a Book Review: Day One

Daily Prompt

WN #25: Story Starter

There’s a note on the windshield of your car. The note says, “I’ve taken your most prized possession. If you want to see it again, in tact, meet me tonight at baseball field around the corner of the local high school. And bring your glove.” What makes this note so curious is that you’ve never played baseball, though you take no chances because your most prized possession is extremely valuable to you. Write this scene.

(from Reader’s Digest writing prompts)

Free write for seven minutes.

This week’s focus is on how to write a book review.  You will all be writing one and posting it on your blogs this Friday.

To get a sense of what a short, but well-written book review should look like, you’ll be reading the following three by former students:

The Book Thief: a real steal

Extremely Sad and Incredibly Beautiful

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Let’s discuss and generate a list of what these book reviews have in common, including what they don’t have.

Here’s a link that will take you to all of the student book reviews. Keep in mind some are more well-written than others.

Here’s a book review written by a professional reviewer.  You can actually do this for a living!

A New York Times Book Review

Let’s review some book review writing tips.

With the time remaining, start crafting your review by responding to the questions in the writing tips.

Tomorrow, we will discuss some writing challenges and spend some focused time writing rough drafts.

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