The fourth grade decided that the next project they wanted to work on was a book recommendation much like the ones that used to be on PBS's Reading Rainbow. We watched a few reviews on YouTube as well as on the website Meet Me at the Corner and the students determined what elements need to be included as well as what constitutes a good review. Here are the qualities they decided upon:


There are several steps on creating a book review. First the students selected a book that they had enjoyed. Some chose to work independently, others in pairs or triads. They wrote a script based on the above characteristics then practiced speaking. One thing that was a challenge was reading the cue cards (i.e. script) without appearing to be reading. The children videotaped themselves with the Flip cameras then watched them to see how they were. Some determined that though they were looking at the camera they needed to use more expression with their speech, others had the expression but were not looking at the camera. All realized that this was not going to be a "one and done" project. in the end, the reviews came out great and followed the students self-prescribed rubric.

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