A Review is a written report where the writer, after careful examination and comparison, makes a
judgment about that thing.
STEP 1 – Define Your Topic Read Through and set your goal
1) HOW TO CHOOSE A TOPIC French fries
Choose something you know about. Chewing gum
The topic should be something the audience might find interesting.
[Many reviews deal with seemingly irrelevant things, but are made interesting Your life experiences
through the author’s writing technique and style.] Television shows
What do you do in your spare time? Skateboard, dirt bike, read, go
shopping, etc. Sports teams
Make sure your topic is specific. For example, a car review is very general. A review of a specific
sport utility vehicle or your father’s old beater car is more interesting.
2) INTRODUCTION o Ask a question
Make sure you have an opening sentence(s) o Build up idea with facts and examples
that is/are catchy o Start with main idea and support with details
o Describe a sequence of events (scenario)
o Describe by setting a scene
Briefly describe topic
2-3 items we will be reviewing [same main topic 2-3 items] these items should be in the same order
in your introduction as they appear in your paper, ie. If you put your favourite item first in the series of
2 to 3 then it should be the topic of your first body paragraph.
o Director and 2-3 movies o Team and 2-3 games
o Author and 2-3 books o Team and 2-3 players
Lists the criteria of how they will be judged (at least 3 things) – again these will appear in the same
order in your introduction as they will be discussed in each body paragraph.
Transition into your first paragraph
Must be indented OR blocked
Here are five ways to organize a paragraph:
Start with the main idea and support it with
3) 3 BODY PARAGRAPHS details
Good, better, best OR Bad, worse, worst Describe a sequence of events in the order in
which they occur
Each paragraph sticks to one item – topic sentence will
identify the item [how else can you identify them?] Pose a question and then answer it
6-10 sentences – discussing each of the criteria in each Build up to your main idea through a series of
paragraph [always in the same order. EXAMPLE: Price, facts and examples
quality, colour]. Describe a place by setting the scene with a
Descriptive language [MAKE IT INTERESTING] general image, then add details
Word variation [Are you using one word over and over and over? Such as: so, and, then, like]
Transition sentences and words (example – However, consequently, nonetheless, etc.)
Conclude by summarizing your ideas
Close with a direct comment on the main idea, and tie together issues raised in the review. If you
like, you can offer advice for potential audience.
Follow the same layout as the paper!
Give your review a title and rating – be original Jaws VVVVV or The Notebook
Transition: Read the beginnings of the paragraphs or sections to see if you need a word or phrase to help the transition
between paragraphs. A transition is a word, phrase, or sentence that signals to the reader that a new idea is coming up.
Transitions explain how and why you are connecting ideas, and help your reader to follow your pattern of thought.
Without clear transitions, your writing will seem choppy and lack unity. The right transitional words will clearly show
the relationship of one part of the writing to the next. The relationship can be based on time, space, or cause and effect.
Read the three examples that follow and locate the transitional words:
Time - A few hours later, we decided to move onto the next Folklarama pavilion.
Space - The dancers were up on the stage. Below them, the band played some Canadian
Cause & effect - Because of the crowds and the lack of parking, we decide to take the shuttle bus.
1.1.5 SET GOALS - Set a goal and accomplished it to the best of your ability
4.2.2 REVISE CONTENT – Review previous draft and revise to refine communication
and enhance self- expression
4.3.1 – GRAMMAR AND USAGE - Edit for parallel structure, use of transitional
devices, and clarity
2.1.3 TEXTUAL CUES - Use textual cues such as chronology, cause and effect,
comparison and contrast, problem and solution within texts to construct and confirm
meaning and interpret texts
4.2.3 ENHANCE LEGIBILITY - Format for legibility and use word processing
effectively and efficiently when composing and revising; use electronic design elements
to combine print and visuals
1.2.2 EXPLAIN OPINIONS - Review and refine personal viewpoints through
reflection, feedback, and self assessment
5.2.1 COOPERATE WITH OTHERS - Recognize the importance of effective
communication in working with others
SBL – Significantly Below Level AL – At Level EE – Exceeding Expectation
BL – Below Level SAL – Strongly At Level
Peer Editing for Reviews
Topic of Review ___________________________
Name of Reviewer ____________ Name of Editor ______________
Instructions: Complete each of the directions and check each item off after you complete it.
____ Read the whole review and highlight any sentence that is confusing.
____ Circle, in red, any spelling or grammar mistakes (capitalization, punctuation, verb tense, etc.)
____ Find 4 transition words or phrases and underline them. If the writer does not have at least 4, write in
suggestions for the inclusion of transition words.
____ Underline in red any words that are used multiple times, for example: so, then, good, and, but. Make
suggestions of other words to use instead – word variation.
____ Go through the following checklist to make sure that the following components are in the review. Check off
those items below.
a) 5 paragraphs ______
b) Introductory paragraph ______
i) Does not say “I am going to tell you about” or something like that _____
ii) Does NOT have contractions [do not (don’t) use contractions in formal work]
iii) Includes the three items that will be reviewed in the order they appear in the paper_____
iv) Tells how they will evaluate or judge these items [also in the order they appear in each paragraph] _____
v) Double spaced, size 12, times new roman font.
____ Now, get together with the person you have exchanged papers and help each other change and rewrite the
confusing parts. Make suggestions to each other for stronger, clearer words and phrases.
Rough copy handwritten
Typed self edited [using Edit/Revise page]
Typed peer edited [using Edit/Revise page]
o Size 12, Times New Roman font
o Title and “Review”
Analyzing a Review
1. Read the article to yourself and underline 4 words that you do not understand or are slightly
2. Once your group has done reading discuss the words you have chosen. With the help of the
others in your group determine what your chosen words mean. If you are completely stuck as a
group consult with a dictionary. Write your words and their meaning.
3. Title or Heading: What does the title or heading imply or suggest?
4. Discuss as a group and then summarize (individually) in a paragraph what the review is trying to
5. Make a list of 3 categories that the reviewer lists (and discusses) that describe the experience or
the actual movie that is being discussed.