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Writing short, concise, & quality

book reviews!


Using the Twitter style, students create a short book review that hints at the story, without giving TOO much away - adding a shortened link to the Amazon book listing gives more information, buying, and expanded book reviews. Students also rate the book with an emotion =D or ***star rating.

If you cannot say something in 140 characters or less, then it is not worth saying. Paring a review down to 140 characters and a rating really forces reviewers to get to the essential appeal or flaw of the work being reviewed --AND it's a challenge!


Here are some examples:
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How to:

To do this activity, get ready to have more than one window or tab open to do this. If you like multitasking, then this is the lesson for you!

1. Choose a YA book to review that *you have read* (non-negotiable!)
2. Go to Amazon Books and search for your book, Copy & SAVE the URL (highlight + control C)
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3. Shorten the URL using Bit.ly! Paste URL (control + V) into window & click shorten - then copy!
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4. Go to Character Creator & Paste (control + V) the shortened URL
5. Add your review Emoticon review at the very end.

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In keeping with SMS Social Media culture, the four ratings
are emoticons:
=D for Squee! I LOVED it!
=) for It was good - not Great!
=| for Meh...I guess it was just OK.
=( GAH! Did NOT like it a bit!


6. Write your Review in FRONT OFF the URL & Emoticon








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Count your characters as you go along to see if you are close to 140 (including the URL & emoticon review)
Cut out words that are unnecessary - re-word, re-think, re-write, re-mix, & be creative! Hints: use "&" rather than the word AND,
dashes as breaks,but try NOT to write in leet speak. Like "OMG, UR going to h8 this book" There are times for that kind of
informal text - but not for this activity :-O

If you want to post these Tweet reviews you can also add the hashtag #booktweet before the
emoticon review so that they can be searched (this is optional since Twitter is blocked by SOMS :-(

Did you do all that and you're under 140 characters? AWEsome!

7. CUT and PASTE your Tweet review from the Character Counter and email it to Mrs. Malespina @ emalespi@somsd.k12.nj.us. I
will then review them and post them using the libraries twitter account. @SOMSlibrary

THIS ENTIRE IDEA AND HOW TO DO IT COMES FROM ONE OF THE LIBRARIANS I ADMIRE SO MUCH GWYNETH A. JONES.
I TOOK THIS ENTIRE PAGE FROM HER! THANKS SO MUCH!


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Twitter Style Book Reviews by Gwyneth A. Jones - The Daring Librarian is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at murrayhill.wikispaces.com.