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.

Let’s start by reading one: The Book Thief: a real steal

Let’s discuss what we notice this book review does and what elements it contains.

Here are a couple more well-written reviews by students last semester:

Extremely Sad and Incredibly Beautiful

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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.

Oh, how’s our chain story coming along?

 

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Posting Your Second Book Review

Hi folks!  Today is the day to post your second book review.

To do so, go to our class paged titled, Book Reviews.

In the comments, add a link to your blog post containing your book review. The following info should also be in the comments:

title of the book
author
favorite quote of yours from the book

When you get a chance, I encourage all of you to read each other’s reviews and post feedback.

Happy writing and reading!

Writing a Book Review: Day Three

Daily Prompt

WN #38: Lifting a Line

Select a random line from your notebook and make it the first line of a new piece.

Write for ten minutes.

It’s time to continue working on book reviews.

Today, we’re going to look at revision guidelines.

Use the remainder of the hour to write and revise your reviews while I conference with those I missed last week.  It’s a good idea to have a peer review what you’ve written so far.

Happy Writing!

Writing a Book Review: Day One

Daily Prompt

WN #36: Story Starter

Ah, back home and time to relax. Long weeks are brutal. Is that the television you hear? Well you haven’t been home all day so you decide to check it out, thinking you left it on. As you enter the room you see the television is indeed on. And you’re already sitting there watching…
(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 Thursday.

Let’s start by reading one: Sample Book Review

Let’s discuss what we notice this book review does and what elements it contains.

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.