Writing a Movie Review

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Grade Level
High School
Length of Time
1 hour

In this lesson, you will have students watch a classic movie in class.

Depending on the length of the movie, this could take more than one class period.

Then, you will have them write a summary/review of the movie.


Students will learn:
To watch and listen to a movie
To take notes while watching a movie
To write a summary/review of a movie

Materials Needed

Classic Movie appropriate for high school students
Notebook paper for notes and for final copy
Pencils or pens and whiteouts


First, you will have students watch a classic movie. This could take two class periods. It depends on the length of the movie.

While the students watch the movie, they are to take notes.

Then, you will have them write a summary/review of the movie.

They need to include the name of the movie, who wrote it, the setting, the main characters, and a short summary of what happened in the movie. They also need to write how they felt about the movie and why they felt that way.

After that, you will collect the papers and grade them.


You can grade the students on the content of their paper and if they included the main points of the movie.

You can also grade them on organization, sentence structure, paragraph structure, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

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