Lesson: Restaurant Review 6: Deconstructing the Restaurant Review
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The best way to learn about how to build something is to take it apart. That’s what this lesson is about: taking apart a restaurant review or two, to see how they’re built. Once students decode the system reviewers use, they’ll be in a better position to write their own reviews using that system.
1. To help students discover form and conventions of restaurant reviews
Students or the teacher should select several of their favorite reviews from the earlier lessons in this module.
- Read reviews aloud in class, pausing for students to identify the structures and conventions used by writers, with the teacher assisting as necessary until form and conventions are understood.
- Based on their response in discussion, do students seem to have a good idea of how reviews are written?
- Could students pass a pop quiz on form and conventions of restaurant reviews?
Connections to Standards:
- There is no simple formula, but reviews tend to have a featurized opening that encompasses a statement of the thesis, or perhaps, at this point, just a theme. The body follows, expanding on the theme, addressing décor, ambiance, service and so forth and always including an evaluation of the menu items and their costs. The wrap-up can be accomplished in a variety of ways — one could say the same thing about the conclusion of an essay — but there are some common strategies, notably a return to the opening image.
Time needed to teach:
Evaluating credibility, bias
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