Reading and Writing a Review

Reading and Writing a Review Assignment

In your WRITER’S notebook answer the following questions:

  • What do we know about using and writing reviews?
  • Do you use reviews in decision making- about movies, books, stores, or music?
  • What type of items to you read reviews about?
  • Do you ever write reviews? About what? Why? Explain.
  • How else do you use the Internet to find out what is good, whether through social media, informal friend networks or other ways?
  • How do reviews impact your decision making?
  • Do you trust online reviews? Explain
  • Do you and your parents use reviews on websites? For example, Yelp? Amazon? Shopping websites?
  • Do you think a business owner should pay someone to write them a positive review? Explain.
  • Do you think the government should continue to crack down on deceptive reviews on the Internet?  Explain.

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/how-much-do-you-trust-online-reviews/?_r=0

After we have read the article linked above, would you change any of your answers?  Discuss with your table.

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5 Tips for writing a great review:

1.  Abandon the Obvious.

2. Take Pictures.

3. Write about the Interesting and Funny.

4. Don’t Hide Your Personality.

5. Re-Read Your Review befor you post.

http://www.menuism.com/blog/5-tips-towards-writing-a-great-restaurant-review/

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BEFORE WE GO ON OUR FIELD TRIP TO DOWNTOWN:

Read this article:

http://foodblogalliance.com/a/better-food-writing-adjectives/

In Mrs. Zerilli’s blog RESPOND (below) to this post about writing reviews.  Your response must include:

  • which restaurant you will be going to this Thursday?
  • what do you think you may order?
  • what qualities will you be looking for?
  • what is important to you when enjoying a meal or a snack at a restaurant?
  • Make a list of at least 8 adjectives that make food sound good.

Food Photography

Top 5 tips for food photography with the iPhone (or iPad)

1. Use the grid

2. Natural Light is best

3. Rule of thirds

4. Check your dish.  Make sure it looks the best it can.  Consider props.

5. Choose your angle.

iPhone Food Blog

Food Photography  Tips

Notice the 6 different ways to photograph these cookies.

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Ratatouille (2007) – IMDb

 

 

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TO TAKE WITH YOU ON OUR FIELD TRIP DOWNTOWN:

  • Use the document linked here to take notes at your restaurant.

Restaurant Review Notetaking Guide.

  • Pencil or a pen
  • Enough money to purchase your food and leave a tip if you are served by waitstaff.
  • 15% and 20% Tip Table so that you can tip waitstaff accordingly.
  • Camera (optional).  Mrs. Zerilli will send two iPads with each chaperone.

AFTER WE RETURN FROM OUR FIELD TRIP DOWNTOWN:

  • Write a rough draft and have a TAG conference.  You will turn this in to Mrs. Zerilli.
  • Post your review to YOUR blog.  You should already have a category labeled: “Other Reviews.”
  • Include a photo with your review and be sure you add a photo with a caption and giver credit to the photographer.
  • Comment on THREE other review blog posts from anyone in YOUR class that went to DIFFERENT restaurants.  Be sure ALL students in YOUR class have at least 2 comments.

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Example reviews:

http://cuisinenet.com/info/?v=237&/san_francisco/rest/1776.shtml

http://teachers.ewrsd.k12.nj.us/savedoff/journalism/reviews/restaurant_reviews.htm

http://www.calamaripress.com/restaurant_reviews.htm

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2005/06/30/reviews-revealed/

http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2011/12/walk-ons_bistreaux_bar_has_22.html

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 Food adjectives:

http://foxhugh.wordpress.com/word-lists/list-of-food-adjectives/

Amy Sherman Food Adjectives Often Used in Menus and Reviews

http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2009/04/25/101-descriptive-words-for-foods/

http://www.world-food-and-wine.com/describing-food

Adjectives that make food sound good:
 
tantalizing
inviting
ambrosial
choice
delectable
delicious
luscious
scrumptious
yummy
flavorful
full-bodied
rich
robust
peppery
gingery
juicy
hot, spicy
mild-tasting
nutty, nutlike
piquant
savory
spicy
zesty
smoky
mouth-watering
lemony
tangy
tart
   

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13 thoughts on “Reading and Writing a Review

  1. which restaurant you will be going to this Thursday?
    On Thrusday I will me going to Beyond Juice
    what do you think you may order?
    I think I am going to order a wild berry smoothie.
    what qualities will you be looking for?
    The qualities I am looking for are nice workers, something that tastes good, decor, clean areas.
    what is important to you when enjoying a meal or a snack at a restaurant?
    While enjoying a meal or snack I like to be able to listen to music or have things that you can read like magazines. I also like to eat in a clean area and have good wait staff.
    Make a list of at least 8 adjectives that make food sound good.
    1. Inviting
    2. Scrumptious
    3. Flavorful
    4. Rich
    5. Juicy
    6. Hot/ spicey
    7. Savory
    8. Tart
    From : Mollie Judge

  2. This Thursday I will be going to Panera. I will probably order pumpkin soup. I will be looking for the soup to be creamy, and the seeds to be crunchy. It is important that the eating area is clean, and that the tables are not to crowded.

    8 adjectives that make food sound good:

    creamy
    rich
    savory
    crunchy
    mouth-watering
    warm
    flavoursome
    gourmet

  3. I will be going to Hunter House. I will be getting cheeseburgers. I will be looking for the restaurant to be clean and have good food. Finally, I hope that it will be nice and have good service

  4. which restaurant you will be going to this Thursday?
    I will be going to Beyond Juice
    what do you think you may order?
    I will probably order the Total Energy smoothie.
    what qualities will you be looking for?
    I will be looking for a clean restaurant, good fast service and good tasting food.
    what is important to you when enjoying a meal or a snack at a restaurant?
    That the restaurant is clean and has a consistent theme, it has food that is reasonably priced and actually tastes good.
    Make a list of at least 8 adjectives that make food sound good.
    Scrumptious

  5. Make a list of 8 adjectives that make food sound good.
    Scrumptious, Tasty, Tantalizing, Crispy, Godly, Creamy, Has a kick, Perfect, Sweet.

  6. I am so exited for this field trip. It is my first field trip in 6th. I am going to Hunter House with all my friends yes! I am going there for my 2nd time ever. Some things I might order are a hamburger of course and maybe a shake if they have them. Some things that will look for from Hunter House is good service and outstanding food. Some things I like while having a snack are milk, water, orange juice and so on any thing you can drink. I also like to chat when I am eating that is another reason why I am happy that I am with my friends. I

  7. Which restaurant you will be going to this Thursday?
    I will be going to Panera Bread this Thursday.

    What do you think you may order?
    I will most likely order: either soup, salad, or just a drink.

    What qualities will you be looking for?
    I will be looking for the taste, look and the decor and cleanliness of the place.

    what is important to you when enjoying a meal or a snack at a restaurant?
    Make sure the restaurant is clean or i will lose my appetite. Also, obviously i would like he food to be scrumptious!

    Make a list of at least 8 adjectives that make food sound good.
    1. Delicious
    2. juicy
    3. lots of flavor/ flavorful
    4. scrumptious
    5. mouth-watering
    6. crisp
    7. crunchy

  8. 1) I do not know which restaurant I am going to
    2) Salad, pasta, steak, or sushi!
    3) A nice restaurant, great service, waiting for about 15 to 20 minutes for food and bill etc. and nice and helpful waitress
    4) Be polite, manners etc.
    5) Scrumptious, spicy, mouth watering, inviting, rich, juicy, delectable, and ambrosial

  9. (sorry didn’t finish part two!!!!!!!!!) If I had to pick 8 adjectives that would make food sound good I would choose…
    1. Crunchy
    2. Marvelous
    3. Fiery
    4. Juicy
    5. Tangy
    6. Spicy
    7. Creamy
    8. Moist

  10. •I don’t know which restaurant I am going to.
    •I think I am going to order pasta
    •The qualities I will be looking for in the restaurant is how clean it is, the setup (How it is decorated) and the food they make
    •Well if I want to enjoy the food, it has to be good. And also good looking 
    • 1) Mouthwatering 2) delectable 3) Luscious 4) Scrumptious 5) tasty 6) rich 7) juicy 8) tantalizing

  11. I am gong to Beyond Juice. I will most likely order a smoothie . I will be looking for nice service and no incorrect orders. The thing that is most important to me is when people ate me seriously instead of under estimating me and thinking they can just rip me off. 8 ajectives that make food sound good are: delicious,zesty,flavorful,thick,creamy,rich,delectable and indulgent.

  12. ◾Which restaurant you will be going to this Thursday?
    I will be going to Starbucks this Thursday.

    ◾What do you think you may order?
    I think I will order a lemonade and a doughnut .

    ◾What qualities will you be looking for?
    I will be looking for fast service, a clean eating space, kind employees, and a great meal!

    ◾What is important to you when enjoying a meal or a snack at a restaurant?
    It is important to me that the employees are kind and do everything they can to make your meal the best it can be.

    ◾Make a list of at least 8 adjectives that make food sound good.
    1. Delicious
    2. Sweet
    3. Fresh
    4. Flavored
    5. Rich
    6. Mouth- Watery
    7. Exquisite
    8. Rich

  13. which restaurant you will be going to this Thursday? I will be going to Beyond Juice.
    what do you think you may order? A 20 oz Skinny Dip.
    what qualities will you be looking for? I will be looking for speed, good fast, and cleanness in the restrant
    what is important to you when enjoying a meal or a snack at a restaurant? It is imorortant for the cashier to be nice and polite. But everyone around in the restrant being kind and not rude.
    Make a list of at least 8 adjectives that make food sound good.
    Apatizing
    appealing
    Flavorful
    Heavenly
    Rich
    Juciy
    sweet
    sour

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