Category: English II

Book Review Prompt – English 2 and 3

Here are the requirements for your book reviews.  1st drafts due November 1st.

Task: Write a concise review on the book you just completed.

Purpose: To inform the reader about your book as well as to persuade them to read or not to read your book.

Keep in Mind: You are reviewing the book and the writing – not the cover art and the author

Audience:  Your classmates and potential for publishing!


  1. BRIEF Summary – should be 4-8 sentences in length
  2. NO SPOILERS – don’t give away that the brother’s girlfriend’s cousin’s dog is the killer!
  3. Include the book title and the author
  4. Consider your audience
  5. Include the genre of the book (at minimum fiction or non-fiction)
  6. Discuss likes and dislikes – consider style of writing, pacing, artwork, how the book is constructed


This is NOT a 5-paragraph essay.  Most book reviews are not given that much space either online or in print.  Here is a rough outline to follow:

1st Paragraph:  Hook + Summary = 4-8 sentences total (1-2 sentences for the hook)

2nd Paragraph:  Review = 4-8 sentences total (this is where you include your praise and criticism of the book)

Last Sentence:  Final Verdict = 1-2 sentences total (this is styled after Voya magazines review – final recommendation to the reader as to read or not read)

TOTAL: 9-20 sentences…which means word choice and precise writing is essential!  EVIDENCE is expected!

Short Story Prompt – English 2

Your first significant write is a short story.  Here are the requirements:

  • 2-3 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font
  • Include the 5 elements of a story
  • Include 2-3 literary devices
    • Figurative language (similes, metaphor, personification)
    • Flashback
    • Flash-forward
    • En media res
    • Interesting point of view
    • Suspense
    • Alliteration
    • Repetition
    • Foreshadowing

1st drafts due Monday, 10/2/2017 @ midnight.  

FINAL Drafts due Saturday, 10/7/2017 @ midnight.

Online Textbook Instructions

To access the textbook online, you can go to or click on the “Online Textbook” icon on the right-hand side of this homepage.

It will take you to the login page.

Your login is: hsdstudentID#

Your password is: studentID#

From there, you will want to click on the CONTENTS link on the left then find the “Collection” your story is in.  Then click on the story itself.

If you aren’t sure, you can scroll through the book as well.