After reading about the 6-word book review I got all enthusiastic and started the same week asking students during morning tea and lunch to do exactly that. Teachers with classes joined in and before I knew it I had a box full of scribbles. Each review was to the point and easy to digest…..
My request to the students was simple: Write a 6-word review of your favorite book – preferably a book that our library has in its collection. Write the title of the book at the top of the note and underneath the review. It can be in one sentence or using separate words.
I read some of the most exciting reviews aloud so they got the drift and provided pencils and little notes to each of the students. I mentioned that they could write more than one review if they wanted and some got the hang of it and did write multiple reviews
Not all of them had an easy start. After a bit of pencil gnawing, some students came up with questions like:
Should I sign the note with my name – Yes preferably but if you want to stay anonymous that’s fine
Can I use 5 words (or 7 or 8 words) – No, six, no more no less
Do I need to give the name of the author – No you don’t
Can I draw on the note? – Yes the nicer the note the better
What about spelling? – We don’t take note of spelling or punctuation
Does it need to be a fiction book? – Preferably, but non-fiction is a good alternative
What if I can’t think of anything to write – Surely they could come up with 6 words to describe a book they’ve read?
Most of them did come up with something and the quality and play with words exceeded our expectations. They wrote heaps and heaps of notes and some were like poetry…… others so sad it pained our heart
And some took some time and effort to decipher…..
What you need:
- roll of blue plastic table cloth
- packages of dark red and bright blue tin foil paper
- golden tin foil paper
- title: 6 WORD BOOK REVIEW – printed on A4 and laminated
- subtitle: THE POWER OF SIX – printed on A4 and laminated
- Image: words that speak to me Google creative commons – Printed multiple times on A4 and laminated
- 3 printed and laminated numbers 6 in different sizes and adorned with leftover blue tin foil wrapping paper
- Blue and white Christmas lights (or whatever color suits your display)
- Sign for on the table with notes situated in front of the display
- Carton boxes for on the table
- box with notes and pencils for on the table
- printed covers of books
What to do:
- Staple the blue plastic table cloth to the board creating a pleated pattern. I’m not too worried about being very accurate.
- Staple the bright blue tin foil wrapping paper to the top board
- Staple the dark red tin foil wrapping paper underneath the blue cloth
- Staple the golden and wrinkled tin foil paper over the border where blue cloth and red tin foil meets
Tuck the notes into the created pockets, staple or glue them if necessary
- Attach the title to the top board. You can do it horizontally but I preferred to do it vertically, it gives the display a more playful atmosphereBe surprised by what comes your way!