Writing a Review: The Hook
Some Tips on Review Writing:
Make it real! When teaching whole class writing lessons on review writing bring in food, watch movies, or play games to review. Have students read each other's reviews and leave feedback so that they can improve their writing. If they have all reviewed something that they have tried together, they can leave helpful feedback about the reviewers writing.
Here are some tips for writing great reviews.
- Do your research! A good review gives the reader enough information to make an informed decision. Also, if you convince someone to try something, give them the information that they need to try out what you have reviewed.
- Be convincing! A good review is more that just stars, tomatoes, thumbs up, or emojis. Support your opinions with reasons and details.
- Using the right amount of "voice" can be tricky. You want to write colorful descriptions of how good/bad something is, but if you are too colorful you may lose credibility with your reader.
After our parody of Jimmy Fallon's "Dramatic Yelp Reviews" aired on the school announcements, I received this unsolicited review from a student who clearly enjoyed our skit. I have to say when I first read it I wasn't even sure if it was good or bad. Is savage a good thing? Although he has used way too much voice, and not given enough information to support my "legitness". This was by far the funniest note I received from a student this year. It actually might be my all time favorite note ever:
- Scholastic: Exploring the Genre of Review Writing
- Teach Like the Tonight Show: Kasey Bell of Shake Up Learning has written several posts about this (Word Sneak, Internet Pop Quiz). Her blog is a must read!