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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
 

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Activities & Projects

Grades   9 – 12  |  Activity & Project

Telling Good from Bad in Movies and Television

In this activity, you can discuss with teens how they can tell the “good” characters from the “bad” ones by watching for clues that the movie makers have left.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Activity & Project

You Want Me to Buy What? Exploring Ads

Tweens and teens are increasingly becoming the target of advertisers, so it is essential that they learn to think critically about how products are marketed to them.

 

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Tips & How-To's

Grades   6 – 12  |  Tip & How-To

Writing for the Real World

Helping teens notice the variety of writing all around them “in the real world” motivates them to write in genres that are new and engaging and helps them become more fluent, flexible writers.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Tip & How-To

How to Start a Blog

Composing a blog entry gives teens practice in organizing and presenting their ideas effectively and a chance to communicate with their readers.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Tip & How-To

Motivating Teen Readers

Motivating teens to read can be complicated by the many demands on their busy schedules. Luckily, there are many exciting and popular books for teens—and innovative ways to turn teen attention to the written page.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Tip & How-To

Help a Child Write a Book Review

Learning how to evaluate and write a review of a book is an excellent foundation for the critical thinking skills that a child will continue to draw on and refine throughout his or her life.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Tip & How-To

How to Help a Teen Choose a Book

There are many ways to help teens choose appropriate and engaging titles. The following tips will help you find the resources necessary to choices that will appeal to the teen readers in your life.

 

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Printouts

Grades   9 – 12  |  Printout  |  Writing It Out

Review Writing Tips

This printout helps adolescents focus on characteristics of well-written reviews and what makes them unique.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Printout  |  Writing It Out

Book Review Form

Children in the upper elementary grades can use this form to write a book review to share with friends.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Printout  |  Learning New Skills

Through the Eyes of the Director

What makes a movie work or fail? A well-made movie can draw viewers in so completely that they can forget that everything they see and hear was planned out by the filmmakers. This printout prompts teens to look at several distinct elements of a movie and decide on their overall effectiveness.

 

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