Recently I needed to find a didactic way of showing how to do a review and found that text that I found very useful. So useful that I’m posting here so that you too can enjoy.
“Everyone who attends the blog is used to read several reviews every week, but after all, what is and what we need to know to write a text like that?
As a genre, a review is nothing more than a text as a summary that expresses the author’s opinion about a particular cultural artifact, which may be a book, a movie, plays, exhibitions, concerts, etc..
The aim of the review is to guide the reader through the thickets of cultural production that grows every day and it tends to confuse even the most familiar with all this content.
As a summary, the review should go straight to the point, mixing moments of pure description with moments of direct criticism. The reviewer who can perfectly balance these two points will review the written ideal.
However, being a genre necessarily brief, is resorting to the dangerous mistake of being too superficial. Our text must show the reader the main features of the cultural fact, whether good or bad, but without forgetting to argue on some points and never use phrases like “I like it” or “I did not like.”
Types of Review
So far I talked about the reviews in general and free and these data are already sufficient for you to sketch a few paragraphs.
However, the reviews have some divisions that worth mentioning. The best known of these is the academic review, which has very strict manner, responsible for the standardization of scientific texts. She, in turn, also falls into critical review, review descriptive and thematic review.
In critical academic review, the eight steps below are a guide ideal for a complete production:
Identify the work, place the essential bibliographic data of book or article you will reviewing;
Present work: situating the reader in a few lines describing the entire contents of the text to be reviewed;
Describe the structure: talk about the division into chapters, sections, focus on the narrative or even in a subtle way, the number of pages of full text;
Describe the content: Here yes, use 3-5 paragraphs to summarize clearly the text reviewed;
Analyze critically: In this part, and only that part, you will give your opinion. Argue based on theories of other authors, making comparisons or even using explanations that were given in class. It’s hard to find reviews that use more than three paragraphs to this, but there is no limit. Give wings to your critical sense.
Recommend to work: You have read, summarized and already has given his opinion, it is now time to examine for whom the text is really useful (if useful for someone). Use social or educational elements, based on the age, education, income etc..
Identify the author: Beware! Here you say who is the author of the work that was reviewed and not the author of the review (for you). Speak briefly of the life and works of some other writer or researcher.
Subscribe and identify yourself: Now. In the last paragraph you write your name and says something like “Student, Arts, University of Caxias do Sul (UCS)”
In academic descriptive review, the steps are exactly the same, excluding the step number 5. As its name implies, the review describes only descriptive, does not expose the reviewer’s opinion.
Finally, in the thematic review, you talk of several texts that have a subject (theme) in common. The steps are a little simpler:
Introduce the topic: Tell the reader what the main subject of the texts that will be addressed and why you chose this topic;
Summarize texts: Use a paragraph for each text, say at the outset who is the author and explain what it says on that subject;
Complete: You just explain each of the texts, now is your turn to give feedback and try to reach a conclusion on the subject treated;
Show the sources: Enter the references of each text that you used;
Subscribe and login: Enter your name and a brief description of the “Student, Arts, University of Caxias do Sul (UCS).”
Doing a review seems very easy at first sight, but we must be very careful because depending on the place, reviewers can languish on the shelves a book or turn a movie into a real failure.
The reviews are yet, but a great guide for lovers of art in general, an essential tool to select students who need huge amounts of content in a relatively short time.
Now it’s matter of putting your hands dirty and start producing their own reviews!