Lesson Plan

Creating & Sharing Book Reviews

Motivate and excite your students to write and virtually share book reviews.
Erin W.
Classroom teacher
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My Grades Pre-K, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Use previously taught writing skills to compose a book review, then post their book review to be viewed by their peers.  Finally, students will be able to comment on and question each others' reviews. 

English Language Arts
Grades 3 – 8
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1 The Hook

Activity: Conversing

Read students a book review that either you've written or written by another author.  List the important compontents of a book review: book title, author, brief plot summary, reasons why it is a great book. 

2 Direct Instruction

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Model how to write a book review using google docs.  Project your computer screen as you type up a book review about a book you have read together.  Students should compare your book review to a checklist of the components of a book review (book title, author, plot summary, 2-3 reasons why it is a great book) AND a checklist of the components of paragraph writing (topic sentence, 2-3 supporting details, conclusion). 

3 Guided Practice and Independent Practice

Students should think of a book that they have read recently that they would like to recommend to the class.  I often give students a few days to brainstorm some books that they think not many of their classmates have read.  Review your example of a book review and the components of a book review and paragraph.  Have students draft their own book review.  Edit them.  Have students type the final draft as a word document and paste into edmodo.com (you will need to set up edmodo. com profiles ahead of time).  Once posted, students can read and comment on each others' book reviews.

4 Wrap up

Login to edmodo.com and project you computer screen.  Read aloud a book review or two and then focus in on the comments students have made.  Make sure to recognize the students who extended thier own or a peer's thinking with their comment (modeling that this is the type of comment you are looking for), also notice students who responded to someone's comments about their book review (modeling that we can virtually have conversations about books and teach each other this way).  Give students another chance to login to edmodo to post the type of comments you just discussed.