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Speak Up! Writing a Review

 

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Speak Up! Writing a Review

Grades 9 – 12
Activity Time Two to three hours (can be spread over multiple days)
Activity Author

Susanne Rubenstein

Susanne Rubenstein

Princeton, Massachusetts

 
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English
 

Activity Description

Why This Is Helpful

 

Activity Description

Teenagers know what they like, and they are usually more than happy to share their opinions. This activity gives them that opportunity as they learn to write reviews on the movies, television shows, music, restaurants, and books they love-and hate!  They then publish their reviews in a variety of formats to share with their peers.

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Why This Is Helpful

Research tells us that writers write best when they truly care about their subject. Movies, TV, music, restaurants, and books are all an important part of teen culture.  In writing reviews of these things, teenagers learn to support the strong opinions they hold with solid evidence and to present their ideas in a way that interests an audience. In doing so, they sharpen both their writing skills and their critical thinking skills, and they discover the power of their own words.

This activity was modified from the ReadWriteThink lesson plan "So What Do You Think? Writing a Review."

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