Monthly Archives: May 2010

Slideshow Essays

Here are a few examples of photo essays available from For many of these, you need to click wherever it says, “To view a slideshow, click here.” One or two are embedded in the page as a video.

Matisse and Picasso

“Wars: Middle East”

“The Art of War”

An Essay on Gardening

“Men without Tights” (about superhero comics)


A Few Good Reviews

Just so you have a couple of examples of how you might want them to sound:

The Blind Side, about “the evolving business of football, viewed through the rise of left tackle Michael Oher.” Reviewed by George Will.

Eat, Pray, Love is a memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, whose “yearlong journey in search of [her]self takes her to Italy, India, and Indonesia.” Reviewed by Jennifer Egan.

Freakonomics details how economic theory can be applied to “nearly everything.” Reviewed by Jim Holt.

Working Book Review

At the beginning of this unit, you were assigned to find a book related to a field you thought you might be interested in entering, and read it. You are now going to write a review of that book. The review should be between 600 and 800 words, and will be posted on a separate page on your blog (I’ll show you how to do this). The review will be due Friday, May 14

YOUR AUDIENCE: People who might also be interested in that field.

YOUR PURPOSE: To evaluate the book for that audience, using clear criteria and evidence.  

Things to think about before you begin:

  • What is the purpose of the book? 
  • Who is it written for? 
  • What conversation is the book a part of? 
  • What did you know about that conversation before you started reading it?
  • What did you think the book was going to be like before you read it? 
  • What did you think was interesting about the book?
  • What disappointed you about the book?

Start off by answering those questions, and then we’ll work on turning it into a review.