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Lesson plan; the 8th Annual Student Review Contest

Join the New York Times in this contest. Open from Nov. 16 to Dec. 14.

Do you like sharing your opinion with others? Do you have strong critiques and reactions to books, movies, restaurants or fashion? Are you a foodie or a gamer? A music buff or a theater aficionado?

If so, this contest is for you. We invite you to play critic and write an original review for our Eighth Annual Student Review Contest.

What can you choose to review? Anything that fits into a category of creative expression that The New York Times covers — from architecture to music. One reason we created this contest is to give you space to stretch your cultural imagination. So, we ask that you review something that is new to you.

Review something that fits into one of the following categories of creative expression that The New York Times reviews:

 architecture, art, books, cars, comedy, dance, fashion, hotels, movies, music, podcasts, restaurants, technology,  theater,  TV shows,  video games

Use these resources to help you write your review:

  • A review-writing unit: This unit includes four special writing prompts, a lesson plan for reading and writing culture reviews, five mentor-text lessons that use both Times and teen-written reviews for guided practice, and an on-demand webinar with Learning Network staff and expert educators on teaching review writing with The New York Times.

  • Advice from Times critics: Read these three essays or check out these four short videos in which New York Times critics share their best review-writing advice. We also have an annotated movie review by Manohla Dargis, The Times’s co-chief film critic.

How will my review be judged?

Your work will be read by New York Times journalists as well as by Learning Network staff members and educators from around the United States. We will use this rubric to judge entries.

What’s the prize?

Having your work published on The Learning Network and being eligible to be chosen to have your work published in the print edition of The New York Times.

When will the winners be announced?

About two months after the contest has closed.

My essay wasn’t selected as a winner. Can you tell me why?

We receive thousands of entries for this contest, so, unfortunately, our team does not have the capacity to provide feedback on individual student essays.

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