Mr Dettman – 11En1 – Book Review (Write-by-Numbers)

Due: Wednesday, 25th February (First Wednesday back after Half Term)

Writing a Book Review

 Write a Review to be posted on Young Person’s Book Review website.

 It should be between 300-500 words. (Half a side, typed, one to one-and-a-half pages written).

  1. Book title.
  2. Introduction: this is up to you.  Perhaps you want to begin with your PERSONAL REACTION; an ANECDOTE (story) from your time reading the book / or something to do with the book from your personal life; a RHETORICAL QUESTION; DIRECT ADDRESS; or even what you expected from the Book.   You MUST use your SLOW WRITING technique here.
  3. Genre: what type of Book is it? Does it have a message?
  4.  Plot: what happens in the Book? Does the plot make sense? Is it easy enough to follow? Is it believable?  Make this brief and leave on a HOOK. (No spoliers!)
  5.  Characters: Who are the main characters and what are they like? Who are the actors playing these parts, and are they good in the parts?
  6.  Did you enjoy the Book? Why/why not? Make sure it is BALANCED between good and bad points.
  7.  Write about a scene you particularly enjoyed or remembered. Why was it good/ memorable?
  8.  Would you recommend this Book? To what sorts of people? Why?
  9.  Are there any other Books you can compare this Book to?

When you have completed your planning by answering all the questions, you should write the review. Remember:

 Set your work out in paragraphs (any single sentence paragraphs for extra punch?)

  • Take care with spelling and punctuation (vary where possible).
  • Make the review interesting to read by choosing your language carefully – it must be appropriate for the target audience.
  • Write in the first person and try to address the reader directly. For example: I urge you to go and see this Book- it’s brilliant!’
  • Write in a style that is informal, but not too informal.

Final Step: Go through and EDIT and REDRAFT !

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