Real Life Assignments: Writing Reviews
This semester, I’ve been adding more real life writing assignments to my writing workshop. I’m loving them because the kids are engaged, and because I can easily answer the inevitable question: when will we ever use this?
The first new assignment I added was a review. Reviews are everywhere in our world: sites such as Yelp, Amazon, Goodreads, and Rotten Tomatoes have become part of our daily lives, as we search to find out where to eat, what to read, and what to watch.
Reviews also focus on things we love to do, so it’s easier to come up with details and examples to support our ideas; it makes for the perfect way to let kids hone their persuasive and descriptive writing skills.