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How to Write a Book Review For Primary Students

Updated on January 21, 2018
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How to Write for Primary Students

Primary students, also known as elementary school students, are not as difficult to appeal to as you may think. The best way to get started when writing for an audience at this age level is to just put yourself in their shoes and consult your inner child. This makes discovering the best way to write for them easy.

For example, remember getting those special gold stars in class whenever you did well on a spelling test or answered a question correctly? Getting more of those prized shiny stickers reflected on how good of a student you are and made you feel special as you saw them adding up on that bulletin board in the back of the classroom. Using this same rating system for book reviews helps a primary student to immediately understand whether or not it has a good rating and is therefore a good read as they can make this same kind of connection to their own experience.

More stars, means a better likelihood the child will then read the book review because they will assume the book must be a good one. Do not just give a bunch of stars so that your review will get more readers, however. Keep it accurate but just make sure the rating system you use, which does not have to be stars of course, is simple enough to understand.

Now you have given a rating for the book, it is time to get into the meat of what you want to say to your readers about it. Just like the rating system needs to be simple, so does your word choice and sentence structure. Keep sentences short and to the point and the words easy to understand so that your readers know exactly what you are talking about and do not lose interest too fast. Simply tell them what the book was about and why they should read it and you are set.

How to Write a Book Review for Students Example

Book Reviews for Primary Students

The video above is obviously not a written review but it is helpful in understanding the basics for how to write a book review for primary students. One of the most crucial aspects involved in this review is that it is short and concise. This is a factor that makes writing these types of reviews tricky at times. Just remember to focus on what are the most important parts of the novel that make it appealing.

The Reading Rainbow book review above achieved this very thing by pointing out that the book can teach you facts that are interesting and that the story itself is exciting. For a book like this that is about the Titanic, this may be important information for a primary student who may want to read it for class for a report or other assignment.

Book reviews for primary students do not have set rules but there are certain guidelines to remember according to your audience. For primary students, just remember two things: keep it simple and make it appealing. As long as the student can follow it and get excited to read, you will be a successful book review writer.

© 2012 Lisa


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      fjohn 5 years ago from india

      good selection of topics

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      chrissieklinger 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Kids today have short attention spans so quick and concise reviews are the way to go!

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      James Paterson 5 years ago from Scotland

      great information, thanks for sharing.....jimmy