About This Unit Overview Think about all the ways reviews are used in our marketable and advertised world: This type of writing is all around us and is used frequently. In this unit, students will investigate three areas of review writing:
Evaluate and thoughtfully respond to literature and products through the craft of study Read, review, and reflect on a variety of written works by professionals and peers Understand the importance of written reviews in our literate lives Recommend and persuade peers to read and try out different products and book selections Use self-reflection and formative assessment to improve their quality of writing Materials Snippets of various movies geared for students Equipment for viewing movies TV and DVD player, computer and projector, etc.
Movie camera, green screen, and a free trial of ULead Video program for a class production During Instruction Set Up Use the site Rotten Tomatoes to compile a few reviews of movies that meet your students' interests.
Make a handout of these reviews that you can print and hand out to students. Once you have your collection of movie reviews, select one or two movies to watch in class.
If you don't already own the movie, rent it from your local library. You will watch the movie while referring back to the review in Part 2. Legally, you are not allowed to show entire movies in school without a license.
My school, like many others, does not have a license. A legal alternative is to show short clips 10—15 seconds for stated learning purposes. Make class sets of the "I'm Noticing Lesson Directions Part 1: This unit progresses in difficulty, building on writing food reviews to help students write movie reviews.
You may find that less time is needed for modeling movie reviews vs. Use formative assessment, body language, and level of interest as an indicator for time needed.
Also, know that the work you are displaying and discussing to your students serves as a model for what you will be assessing. Pick reviews that will inspire your students, but also be attainable when it comes to assessment!
Review what makes a good food review by having students turn to a partner and discuss. Take a moment to record your thoughts and ideas as a class.
Informally, you can assess what was retained from the last lesson.
Set the stage by telling students that they will be venturing into the world of movie reviews. Ask students to raise their hand if they have ever read a movie review before.
Have those students share their experience with the class. Introduce the popular site Rotten Tomatoes. If you are not familiar with this site, it combines many national reviews of a movie onto one page.
Each review has an option for visitor comments, making this a wonderful resource for reviews. As with any site, I recommend looking for specific content beforehand.
You will want a handful of example reviews that will interest your students. Hold a discussion on what elements are present in this type of writing.
Your students will notice setting, character development, and plot in most movie reviews. Create a chart with the class to record and organize this information. You can also create a Venn Diagram for comparison. Use this time to re-read the review and model your observations of the movie review.
Use the language that you would like your students to be using for discussion. Camera — Narrowing the Lenses Assessment Note: This step will vary greatly depending on your students' level of success with the food reviews.
You may find that your students are ready for independent review writing quickly, so be ready to modify that based on your observations and student recordings. In addition, your expectations should be building from the food review writings.
Individual conference notes will help document the growth through the unit study.MOVIE REVIEW TEMPLATE. pretend someone else is writing the bio about you. MOVIE REVIEW EXAMPLE.
TITLE: “My Dog Skip” will have you skipping to the theater. By Coop Cooper, A.K.A. “The Small Town Critic” The message of this film is very clear and invokes plenty of nostalgia to anyone who can identify growing up in a rural town.
A useful planning sheet for writing a film review, containing a number of prompt questions which, when answered, create a well-structured review for a teenage magazine/website/5(67). The assignment of writing a movie review for a high school class or newspaper can mean earning a grade from the teacher, or publication that is read by the entire student body.
Whether you are writing the movie review for a grade or not, you should follow certain conventions. Writing a Quality Book & Movie Review. Despite the fact that writing a review can seem quite a simple assignment, students often wonder how to write a movie review to make it stand out from the rest.
MOVIE REVIEW TEMPLATE. pretend someone else is writing the bio about you. MOVIE REVIEW EXAMPLE. TITLE: “My Dog Skip” will have you skipping to the theater.
By Coop Cooper, A.K.A. “The Small Town Critic” This movie rises above all of that to become one of the most watchable non-Disney film for children since ’s “Searching. A writer or a film critique or a student of films has to write a review on movies.
However, many of us do not have proper idea on how to write a review perfectly. Some people make basic mistakes while writing.