Lesson: Restaurant Review 3: Researching the Local Market for Restaurant Reviews

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Introduction:

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. 


Objectives:

  1. To teach students how to research the local restaurant review market, learning and applying a new round of search skills.
  2. 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.
  3. To revisit the “Finding bias” lessons from the initial "Web Search, Copyright, Credibility & Bias" module and apply them in a new setting.

 


Materials:

1.     Worksheet 1: The Restaurant Review Market

2.     Worksheet 7 (from "Web Search, Copyright, Credibility & Bias" Module): “Bias Activity”

 


Activities:

  1. Work through Activity Worksheet 1: The Restaurant Review Market.
  2. Discuss:  “Which works better, a top-down or a bottom-up, search for restaurant reviews in your area?”
  3. Discuss:  “What did your searches yield?  How would you describe the local restaurant review scene?  Active?  Sparse?”
  4. 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?
  5. Discuss:  “Can you imagine inserting your own restaurant reviews into this market?  How?  What would be the best route?”
  6. What are the pros and cons of targeting your review for a local print news publication vs. an online blog or travel/restaurant guide?

 


Homework:

Activity Worksheet 1: The Restaurant Review Market may be assigned as homework.

 


Assessment Questions:

  1. Are students motivated to proceed with the rest of the unit?
  2. Do students have an increasingly confident view of how they might write and publish their own reviews?
  3. Do students understand the pros/cons of their different publishing options?

 


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Teacher Notes:


Time needed to teach:

1 Session


Tags:

Web search
Evaluating credibility, bias
Reading Activity



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