B. Writing a Book Review (25 minutes)
- Congratulate students on their work with independent reading. If possible, share data about how many books students have read or how many of them met their reading goals.
- Tell students that they are experts in recommending their books to their classmates: They know the books and they know their classmates. Today, they will begin a process that will eventually build a big collection of book recommendations, so that students can figure out what books they want to read by asking the experts—other teenagers who have read those books.
- Distribute and display the model book review in the form you have chosen for students to use to publish their book reviews. Read the model aloud as students read silently. Ask:
* “What do you notice about this book review?”
* “What did the author say about the book? What didn’t she say?”
- Tell students that now they will write a review for their independent reading book. Consider which scaffolds will help your students succeed with this task, and use some or all of the following:
* Turn and talk: Give a 1-minute oral review of your book
* Reader’s Review worksheet from the separate EngageNY.org document
* Another graphic organizer
* A rubric you plan to use to assess the reviews
Give students the remainder of the time to work individually. Confer with them as needed. Depending on your class and the format of the book review, some students may need to complete their reviews for homework.