2P 2014: Writing a Review

Writing via Flickr, by J. Paxon Reyes
Writing via Flickr, by J. Paxon Reyes

Ladies and Gents,

Our goal today is to understand the basics of writing a review. We will take a look at a few examples, and identify how the reviewers write about character, plot, and setting.

What is a review?

A review is a piece of opinion writing explaining the quality of something, such as a movie, a book, or a video game. The person writing the review is often an expert (a critic); the review is designed to help readers decide if they should watch, read, or play the thing being reviewed.

Why are we writing a review?

One of the major components of the OSSLT is an opinion piece. Thus, writing a review will actually prepare you for the OSSLT, while at the same time allow you to read something you enjoy.

What are we allowed to review?

You may review either a graphic novel or a more traditional novel. If you wish to review a novel, make sure it is a novel that you can finish by March 7th; if you are concerned that you will not be able to finish a new novel by the 7th, consider choosing novel you recently finished.

Understanding the Basics

Please choose one of the articles I have provided, and compete the Writing a Review handout. Remember  that we need to focus on:

  • setting
  • plot
  • character(s)

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