Lesson: Restaurant Review 6: Deconstructing the Restaurant Review

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Introduction:

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. 


Objectives:

1.     To help students discover form and conventions of restaurant reviews

 


Materials:

Students or the teacher should select several of their favorite reviews from the earlier lessons in this module.


Activities:

  1. 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.

 


Homework:


Assessment Questions:

  1. Based on their response in discussion, do students seem to have a good idea of how reviews are written?
  2. Could students pass a pop quiz on form and conventions of restaurant reviews?

 


Connections to Standards:


Teacher Notes:

  1. 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:

1 Session


Tags:

Evaluating credibility, bias
Reading Activity



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