Evaluating Films and TV Shows

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Moviegoers love discussing the latest film, but when writing a movie review, those opinions need to be based on specific criteria. High schoolers examine the narrative structure, plot elements, and production techniques of their chosen TV show or movie before writing a review of the program.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Screen an episode of a TV show for learners to review to model the assignment before they begin their own reviews
  • Encourage small groups to review the same movie or TV show, and have them compare notes
  • Include in a journalism class for a movie review section
  • Use in conjunction with a persuasive writing unit in which writers craft their reviews to convince a reader to see the show or movie
Classroom Considerations

  • Add more scaffolding between the discussion of evaluation criteria and the written review
  • Part of a 19-lesson unit on media literacy, but also works well as an independent activity
Pros

  • Helpful for language arts, film production, journalism, or social studies
  • Integrates critical thinking skills with engaging source matter for teenagers
Cons

  • None
Common Core