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Prewriting for Fiction Reviews

To write a great review, you need to choose a book you enjoy and spend some time gathering key details from it. These prewriting activities will prepare you to write a first draft.

Prewriting for Topic and Character Details

Your first prewriting step is to choose a work of fiction for your review. Make sure the work is something you like and remember well. You can also read something new—a mystery, an adventure book, a novel, or even a play.

Fill in a topic matrix.

Fill in a topic matrix to think about a book you might want to review. Consider books you really enjoy or that you read recently. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.

What is the book’s title?

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu

Who is the author?

Wendy Wan-Long Shang

What is the book about?

It is about a Chinese-American girl whose life changes when she has to share a bedroom with her great aunt.

What do you like about the book?

I like Lucy. She doesn’t always feel like she belongs, and I feel like we would be friends.

Teaching Tip

If necessary, students can complete the topic matrix for multiple books to help them decide the best topic for their review.

This lesson is a part of the Writing Fiction Reviews unit.

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