Hearing the Sound of Opinion Writing
Right now is the perfect time to begin sharing book reviews. Readers across the globe are making plans as they begin a new school year. Teachers are book talking. Kids are book talking. We begin lists in notebooks of favorite books, books we want to read, books we have read.
Common core demands we take a good look at opinion writing. One place to begin is with a book review. They are easy to find — check out any online book store and there’s a slew of reviews or do a quick Google search and find tons of book blogs where readers are sharing their opinions about a variety of titles. The Spaghetti Book Cub publishes student book reviews.
In order for students to be positioned to write their opinions well, they need to hear how other people craft their opinions in writing. Sharing book reviews allows the sound of opinion writing to enter our classrooms well before we embark on a unit of study.
This week my daughter, Stephanie, and I did a little investigating into book reviews. We read several book reviews (and she added some new titles to her wish list). Last week she finished reading book three in the Ivy + Bean series. She decided to try her hand at writing a book review.
I’m reminded that opinion writing doesn’t have to be daunting. It doesn’t have to fill up a month of writing workshop. I don’t have to make it more complicated than it needs to be. It begins by simply filling the room with the sound of opinions.
Here are links to some other posts I wrote at the end of last school year about writing reviews.
And here is a little video celebration from one kindergarten class after we completed our unit of study on reviews.