Today, we will be planning the writing of our very own review of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
A review is when we say how we felt about something like a book, film or play.
A review is like someone has asked us our opinion of it and we are telling them what we think.
Here is a structure for writing a review. Today, you will use it to PLAN your ideas. We will write the review tomorrow.
You can use the sheet underneath to help you plan and record your thoughts. (this does not need to be printed – you can just use the headings for each paragraph).
- Start with a few sentences describing what the book is about
- But don’t give any spoilers or reveal plot twists!
- Discuss what you particularly liked about the book
Focus on your thoughts and feelings about the story. You should write about:
- Who was your favourite character, and why?
- What was your favourite part of the story, and why?
- Which were the best scenes?
- Did the story make you laugh or cry? Why?
- Did the story grip you and keep you wanting to know more?
- Mention anything you disliked about the book
Talk about why you think it didn’t work for you. For example:
- Would you have preferred a different ending?
- Did you find it difficult to like any of the characters?
- Did you like the theme of the book?
- Round up your review
Summarise some of your thoughts on the book by suggesting the type of reader you’d recommend the book to. For example: younger readers, older readers, fans of relationship drama/mystery stories/comedy.
Would you compare it to anything else you’ve read.
- You can give the book a rating, for example a mark out of five or ten, if you like!
- Here is the planning sheet to help you organise your thoughts and ideas:
You may also want to refresh yourself about parts of the play. You can use any of the previous blog posts and you will find the RSC Learning Zone website particularly useful. The link is here: