This episode shares some of the first drafts of the students' media review projects. For this project each student chose and reviewed a piece of media. It could have been a TV show, video game, book, CD, song.
The students did prewriting activities to get them to consider their audience's prior knowledge and interests and what to include in their reviews; the ultimate goal was to inform and engage their audience as they shared their tastes and interests.
I was very impressed with the quality of the students' work, and I was also surprised by the variety of their topics.
The four segments in this podcast are:
A review of Hana Kimi, a Taiwanese Drama available on YouTube
Two book reviews--one review of a contemporary novel, Walter Dean Myers' Somewhere in the Darkness and a review of a modern classic, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.
Finally, a review of a video game, NBA 2K7.
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