I do not know about anyone else but sometimes getting students to write reviews is akin to getting blood from a rock.
No matter how many times I show examples of good reviews or give out review questions to help students write their reviews but from a large percentage of them all I get reviews like:
“I enjoyed this book”
“It is a good book”
“This book is funny it made me laugh”
I know for a percentage of the classes I work with reading is a chore and not something that they really enjoy so this coming year I will be trying something different.
Instead of a written review I will ask them to use emoji to give an outline of what the book is about and what they thought about it. It will force them to actually think about what they have read either a novel, short story or comic book and engage their non-language communication skills as well as their creativity.
For this exercise I will allow them to use their mobile phones in the lesson
In the days running up to the lessons I will use emoji posters to recommend books for students to hopefully catch their interest.