Let's look at tone for our phase 1 of our study of review writing. It is important that you select the medium for your review (music, film, television, food, video games, books, etc.) so we can begin to drill down on features to improve our writing. The preliminary step is to sharpen our eye to how writers use tone while describing their review topic.
A) Select your target. (Film,Album,Show,Restaurant,Tech, Video Game, Books, etc) *hint* Extremely positive/negative review elicit the best descriptions!
B) Find 4+ reviews of this "media" For example, 4 reviews of IT.
C) Paste the reviews into the attached Google doc from Classroom.
D) Now begin to read reviews. In the doc, highlight all the tone words that help flavor the review to the desired tone.
E) Of course, observe the structure of the review. Think about how the writer opened the review. How were the areas of critique organized? What were the comparisons? Use comment feature to observe this.
I have linked for you several quality professional reviewers below. So what is your medium of choice for a review? music, film, television, food, video games, books, theater, etc.
Here are some of my favorite reviewers of Film/TV
Some might be blocked from school
A.O. Scott Manohla Dargis Peter Travers (Rolling Stone)
Roger Ebert- Suntimes AV Club Salon.com
TV-Andy Greenwald ( Grantland)
Music- Rolling Stone (Brief) Paste Pitchfork AV Club Steven Hyden
Technology- Recode Wired
AV Club has sharp reviews as well...Movies, Music, TV, Books,
My buddy Toussaint Egan for comics & anime