Before undertaking a publishing project, a writer must understand his/her target market. To that end, this lesson is designed to help students understand their options as they begin to contemplate researching and writing a restaurant review.
- To teach students how to research the local restaurant review market, learning and applying a new round of search skills.
- To have students understand that market and begin to get a sense of how they – using critical thinking skills – might be able to crack it.
- To revisit the “Finding bias” lessons from the initial "Web Search, Copyright, Credibility & Bias" module and apply them in a new setting.
1. Worksheet 1: The Restaurant Review Market
2. Worksheet 7 (from "Web Search, Copyright, Credibility & Bias" Module): “Bias Activity”
- Work through Activity Worksheet 1: The Restaurant Review Market.
- Discuss: “Which works better, a top-down or a bottom-up, search for restaurant reviews in your area?”
- Discuss: “What did your searches yield? How would you describe the local restaurant review scene? Active? Sparse?”
- Review Worksheet 7 (from "Web Search, Copyright, Credibility & Bias" Module): “Bias Activity” and discuss its implications for the sites you have reviewed. What are the hidden assumptions/motivations of the Web sites you have been visiting?
- Discuss: “Can you imagine inserting your own restaurant reviews into this market? How? What would be the best route?”
- What are the pros and cons of targeting your review for a local print news publication vs. an online blog or travel/restaurant guide?
Activity Worksheet 1: The Restaurant Review Market may be assigned as homework.
- Are students motivated to proceed with the rest of the unit?
- Do students have an increasingly confident view of how they might write and publish their own reviews?
- Do students understand the pros/cons of their different publishing options?
Connections to Standards:
Time needed to teach:
Evaluating credibility, bias