Step 5: Explain to students that they will begin writing book reviews for books that they read independently. (You will need to decide how many book reviews students will be required to write each month, or whether you will choose for it to be optional. I send home a monthly calendar with dates that specific students have book reviews due. Each student ends up writing one review each month. Depending on how many students you have in your classroom, you will probably have five or six students have book reviews due each week.)
Step 2: Read aloud to students book reviews that you have collected from newspapers, magazines, journals, etc. Follow up the reviews with a discussion of the types of things that critics include in their reviews. (Scholastic's includes book reviews each month.)
The Scorch Trials | Student Book Reviews
There are other fine options out there for organizing student book reviews. Schools that take advantage of Google Apps for Education have some great sharing tools at their disposal. To start, students who use Google Docs and/or Google Presentations to craft book reviews can simply publish their work by choosing “publish to Web” in their sharing settings. After that, I’d suggest you use Google Forms to collect the published reviews in one spot. To do so, simply create a Google Form where students submit links to their published reviews. Designate sections for genres and/or grade levels to make it easy for you to sort the submitted reviews. Information collected through Google Forms goes to a Google Spreadsheet that you can then share with your teacher colleagues and students.