Review Writing


In our latest inquiry into writing, writers will write about something they have experiences in and are passionate about (or are not passionate about). They will share their opinion- whether it is positive or negative and will use evidence (their own experience and the opinions of others) to support their opinion.

This unit allows writers to feel that their opinions are valued and have an audience. We will be looking at a variety of ways we can publish our reviews for a wider audience – more information to come soon! – we are very excited about finding  authentic audiences!

We have been immersing ourselves as writers in reviews – of toys, of games, of books, of hotels. And we have been exploring the purpose of those reviews – how do they work? We have been able to make connections to our own experiences – how is it connected to other things? And we have noticed that sometimes our perspective can be different from others – what are the points of view?

Our eagle-eyed critics are sharpening their pencils ready to make their opinions heard!




During this exciting first unit writers will write about what they know a lot about, those topics they are already experts in. They will use this “expert” knowledge to help them write informational texts – like All About or How To…

Writers are encouraged to use their background knowledge. This allows writers to feel immediate success, rather than tackling research topics straight away.

Writers get into the routines of writer’s workshop and simply WRITE!

Writers will think a lot about:

What am I an expert on and how can I write about it?

How does the organization of my writing help the reader to understand my topic?

What am I an expert on?

Writers are encouraged to find their areas expertise everywhere –the countries they are from, the languages they speak, the food they eat, the sport they play. Our “experts” are encouraged to share their knowledge with others.

You can help at home – talk about possible areas of expertise. Encourage writers to TALK about the things they know a lot about.

How can I organize my ideas?

We surround our writers with published authors so we can mimic and “storrow” (steal/borrow) their ideas. As writers, we need to make important decisions about how best to get our ideas across to our audience. What is the best way to present my knowledge of how to kick a rugby ball?

You can help at home – look at published “expert” books. What does a recipe book look like? How did that author organize all that they knew about dinosaurs? What is a diagram? How do captions help the reader understand?