Teacher Review for Goodreads

Goodreads is the best website for writing reviews and getting book recommendations

Jessica I.
Instructional Coach
Nathaniel Narbonne Senior High School (Harbor City, CA)
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
All my English students are required to read one book for "leisure" each month. At the end of the month, they must complete a book review on Goodreads as a 50 point quiz assignment. Students follow a guideline for the book reviews, but are allowed to enhance their reviews with photos, gifs and other surprises. Many of the students report in their reviews that they have grown to enjoy reading and often look forward to finding other books that might interest them.
My Take
Goodreads is an incredible website and app that puts millions of book ratings and reviews at students' fingertips. As superficial as it seems, I especially love the layout and design of the site- it's clean, colorful and easy to navigate. My students spent the majority of class time during one of our "Tech in the Classroom" days navigating and browsing through the site and the plethora of book reviews available to them. My only critique is that once a star rating is applied, the book's page must be manually refreshed for the "My Review" box to appear. It would be more efficient if the star rating triggered the opening of the "My Review" section.