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Review Writing Tips
As young adults begin to find their own writing style, it is important to understand how a review differs from other kinds of writing. This printout helps adolescents focus on characteristics of well-written reviews and what makes them unique.
Help the young adult with whom you are working become a good review writer by understanding what makes a well-written review. Use this printout for guiding ideas to write informative reviews with personal voice.
- Find a variety of reviews written on different products. Allow your adolescent to read reviews of books, movies, and other products and discuss with them the similarities and differences in the voice and writing style of the different reviewers.
- Print one or more copies of the "Review Writing Tips" printable and make it available to the young adult(s) with whom you are working. Ask him/her to look through the list of bullets that describe a well-written review, and ask him/her if he/she saw any of these characteristics in the reviews that he/she read.
- Have the child make notes next to the bullets about which reviews did an especially good job of following each of the specific characteristics of good review writing.
- Discuss with the child the notes he/she took and also discuss how he/she thinks that the reviews he/she read could be improved using any of the characteristics that the author did not already use.
- Have the child with whom you are working take a piece of his/her own review writing and examine it using the printable. Discuss areas of strength and weakness. You may or may not choose to have the child revise his/her writing based on weaknesses that you found using the printable.
- Ask your child to review a new movie, book, or product out on the market. Have the young adult use the printable as a means to guide his/her writing, and then use the printable after the writing is complete to discuss the review and revise it.