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Book Reviews

Page history last edited by Jane Smith-Vaniz 4 years, 11 months ago

 

The purpose of a review is to evaluate a work so that others know a) what YOU thought about it and why and b) whether they should try it or not.

 

We go on a 1-5 star scale here (1=terrible*; 3 = enjoyable, but not memorable; 5 = one of the best I've ever read)

*terrible reads should NEVER appear in your  review because there is NO reason to finish an independent reading book you hate.  A "1" means you did not bother to go to LMC to find a better read.  Silly you!

 

Here are some student reviews from last year that were successful (not perfect, but showed real evaluation and did their job):

Mike's  

Martine's 

Courtney's 

Kalea's 

Selvie's 

Aubrey's 

 

 

First Quarter:

 

  • The review should "hook" the reader in the first sentence (but NOT through a question).
  • The review must make the genre   (Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Drama, Horror, Suspense...), premise, and conflict clear
  • The review must discuss the main character's (use their name) strengths and weaknesses
  • The review must not contain any “spoilers” (critical information of the plot that ruins a surprise or gives away the ending). 
  • The review should make a recommendation for who would like to read the book (connect it to a similar read or story).
  • The review should clearly rate the read 1-5 and GIVE reasons why it earned that grade and not another (strengths and weaknesses, pluses and minuses).   
  • The review should be at least 200 words
  • The review should  NOT contain any spelling or grammatical mistakes.
  • The review should contain a quote from the text (spoken or description) connected to conflict 

 

Second Quarter

  • The review should "hook" the reader in the first sentence 
  • The review must lay out the main conflict and genre of book
  • The review must include aspects of the HERO'S JOURNEY (Call to Adventure, Threshold/Departure, Quest, and Hero's Greatest Fear). 
  • The review must not contain any “spoilers” (critical information of the plot that ruins a surprise or gives away the ending). 
  • The review should contain a quote from the text (spoken or description) connected to conflict
  • The review should make a recommendation for who would like to read the book.
  • The review should be  at least 150 words 
  • The review should  NOT contain any spelling or grammatical mistakes.  

 

Third Quarter  

  • The review should "hook" the reader in the first sentence
  • The review should  contain an extended  METAPHOR or SIMILE ( EX:  "This book is like ____________" )
  • The review must lay out the main conflict and genre of book
  • The review must not contain any “spoilers” (critical information of the plot that ruins a surprise or gives away the ending). 
  • The review must contain a quote from the text (spoken or description) connected to conflict, theme, or style
  • The review should make a recommendation for who would like to read the book.
  • The review should be  at least 150 words 
  • The review should  NOT contain any spelling or grammatical mistakes.  

 

Fourth Quarter

  • The review should "hook" the reader in the first sentence with an overall statement about the book.  
  • The review must contain an extended  METAPHOR or SIMILE ( EX:  "This book is like ____________" )
  • The review must lay out the main conflict and genre of book
  • The review must not contain any “spoilers” (critical information of the plot that ruins a surprise or gives away the ending). 
  • The review must contain a quote from the text (spoken or description) connected to conflict that is anchored into text of review.
  • The review should make a recommendation for who would like to read the book.
  • The review should be  at least 200 words 
  • The review should  NOT contain any spelling or grammatical mistakes.

 

 



 

 

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