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Encouraging young people to review films can be a novel and engaging way to increase literacy, improve critical analysis and develop confidence and communication skills.
So what are the main areas to consider when teaching the art of review writing?
A good review should do three things:
Of course, before you begin writing your reviews, it's important to make sure that you understand some of the basics of what makes up a film, and are familiar with some of the words that are often used to describe various aspects of a film.
Learning the basics of what a film entails:
Some Words to Describe (and encourage pupils to suggest others):
Remind students that a review can never be 'wrong' and encourage them - even those least confident about writing - to have a go. You might be surprised at the result!
Some of my boys who are reluctant writers are eager to complete film reviews and do so to such a high quality that I was pleasantly surprised, as they do not show that level of capability in class.Sam Linton, Deputy head teacher
Congratulations to Fletcher, aged 10, from Fairview Primary in Gillingham, whose review of a Studio Ghibli classic saw him earn our Review of the Year Award.
Reading time 2 mins
Introduce primary film club members to the art of reviewing and develop their critical thinking and literacy skills.
Introduce secondary film club members to the art of reviewing and develop their critical thinking and literacy skills.
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