Hi there! My name is Erik.
I write the blog This Kid Reviews Books. I have a lot of people ask me about how I write the reviews on my blog.
One thing that has helped me a lot with writing my blog is something my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Deitrich, taught me about; hamburger paragraphs. If you don’t know what that is, it is a way of making a good paragraph. You stack the parts of a descriptive paragraph together kind of like a hamburger stacks up. It’s a great starting point when you are writing anything.
I took the hamburger and made it into a formula for my reviews. If you look at my reviews they pretty much follow exactly the same formula. For my reviews I have 2 hamburgers, one for the story summary and one for my opinion on the book.
Here is the hamburger I use for the summary part of my review posts.
When I started writing creatively, I realized I could use the hamburgers for that too. The hamburger is a good way to outline a story and make sure you have the important parts. Below, I cooked up a hamburger for a basic story.
The different parts of my story hamburger are –
The hook is (at least for me) the most important part of the story. That’s why it’s the top bun. Get your reader into the story right away with a great beginning or “hook”.
The introduction is where you let the reader know who the main characters are. Where the story is taking place and any other details you think may be important for setting up the plot.
The conflict comes next. There’s not much of a story unless there is some conflict. The characters have to be doing something.
Climax in action is where the conflict comes to a boiling point. Usually there is a turn of direction in the story here depending on if the characters overcame the conflict or not.
Resolution is the part of the story where the characters deal with the actions occurring in the conflict. The resolution doesn’t mean everything in the story has to be settled. If it isn’t it leaves you room to write a sequel.
Finally, the conclusion. Here’s where you tell what happens to the characters after the resolution and give the reader some sense of an ending. It doesn’t mean everything has to be solved, but let the reader know about how the main conflict of this story is settled.
I wrote my first book using this format. When I wrote my book, I originally wrote a short story using the hamburger I have above. Making sure I had all the hamburger parts kept me organized when writing. I kept adding more details and more plot twists to my hamburger and pretty soon, I had a whole book written, and my hamburger transformed into a triple-cheese, 10-layer, quintuple burger with pickles and ketchup and onions and mustard… Excuse me, I think I need a snack.
I hope you find hamburgers as tasty as I do!
Erik, the Great is a twelve-year-old sixth grader who loves to read. He started his blog, This Kid Reviews Books when he was nine. Erik writes a monthly book review column for the Upper Bucks Free Press. He recently self-published his first book titled “The Adventures of Tomato and Pea: A Bad Idea.” Learn more about Erik HERE.