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WRITING GUIDE: A REVIEW:


Writing Model:


Lost Cowboys by Hank Wangford.


Did you realise that there were No horses or cows in the Americas until Columbus introduced them on his return Visit in 1494? Or that the first cowboys were not those of North America, but The “gauchos”, “huasos”, “llanaeros” and “vaqueros” of Argentina, Chile, Venezuela and Mexico? I certainly didn’t, until I read Hank Wangford’s revealing Study of cowboy culture from Patagoniain South America to the Alamo in Texas.

The book is full of interesting Facts and stories about cowboy heroes Who were previously unknown to me. One such man was Martín Miguel de Guemes, Who in 1806 rode with thirty other gauchos into the waters of the River Plate And captured a British ship. The event is narrated with Wangford’s Characteristic sense of humour, which will have you laughing out loud from Beginning until end.

If you are not a great fan of the Western genre, don’t be put off by the title. What I like about Lost Cowboys was that it does more than simply trace the history of cattlemen on Horseback. It provides a fascinating insight into the customs, food, Music, geography and wildlife of a whole continent. There’s something for Everyone in this book, from enthusiastic and vivid descriptions of The scenery to information on dances and singing traditions, such as the gaucho “payadas” – I had no idea that people could fight with just their voices as Weapons!

Lost Cowboys is An excellent read. It is both entertaining and educational and I Highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in travel books.


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Writing Plan:


1) Introduction: (Paragraph 1)

Write an introductory paragraph that introduces the book and catches the Readers’ interest.


2) Main body: (Paragraphs 2 & 3):

a) A brief summary of the book’s contents (e.G. The main characters, the Setting and book genre – romance, thriller). Be careful not to reveal too much Of the story, or you’ll ruin it for new readers.


b)Analyze or critique the book. You can write About your own opinions; just be sure that you explain and support them with Examples. Some questions you might want to consider:ent. There’s something for Everyone in this book, from enthusiastic and vivid descriptions of The scenery to information on dances and singing traditions, such as the gaucho “payadas” – I had no idea that people could fight with just their voices as Weapons!

Lost Cowboys is An excellent read. It is both entertaining and educational and I Highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in travel books.

  • Did the author achieve his or her purpose?
  • What did you like/dislike about the book?
  • Did you have a favourite character?
  • Is the writing effective, powerful, difficult, beautiful?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesss of the book?
  • For non-fiction, what are the author's qualifications to Write about the subject? Do you agree with the author's arguments and Conclusions?
  • What is your overall response to the book? Did you find It interesting, moving, dull?
  • Have you learnt anything from the book?

3) Conclusion: (Final Paragraph)

Finish your review with one or two Sentences that summarize your overall response to the book / film

Would you recommend it To others? Why or why not?

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