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So What Do You Think? Writing a Review

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So What Do You Think? Writing a Review

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Susanne Rubenstein

Susanne Rubenstein

Princeton, Massachusetts

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

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LESSON PLANS

Grades   11 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Professional Writing in Action! Publishing Student Reviews Online

Writing professional reviews teaches students to understand audience, content, and publication guidelines. In this lesson, students put these into practice as professional writers critiquing, designing, and publishing reviews on Amazon.com.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   5 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 12

Read a book! The third week of October is Teen Read Week.

Students are encouraged to read a variety of books and participate in a book club in celebration of Teen Read Week.

 

Grades   K – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 1

Find favorite book picks in the Children's Choices.

Students create lists of their favorite books and then the class creates a "Top Picks" class booklist. Students can use the Book Cover Creator to create a book jacket for their favorite book.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 14

Star Wars creator George Lucas was born in 1944.

Students use the Hero's Journey interactive to describe how Luke Skywalker meets each stage of his journey, and then brainstorm other works that use the formula.

 

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 16

The first Academy Awards ceremony was held in 1929.

Students make lists of their favorite and least favorite movies and brainstorm qualities that make a film good or bad. Next, students write a movie review for a film they have seen.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 18

Raymond Carver was inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1988.

Students identify characteristics of Carver's work and compare them to other authors, as well as to literary minimalism. Students then write original poems or short stories in minimalist style.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Professional Library  |  Book

Raymond Carver in the Classroom: “A Small, Good Thing”

Rubenstein offers specific, classroom-tested strategies for teaching Raymond Carver's short stories and poems in the high school English classroom.

 

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ACTIVITIES & PROJECTS

Grades   9 – 12  |  Activity & Project

Speak Up! Writing a Review

This activity gives teens an opportunity to write reviews on the movies, television shows, music, restaurants, and books they love—and hate!

 

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