Time: 2 70-minute sessions
Materials: computers with Adobe Flash 8+ Player, Internet
access, student directions, rubric
Prerequisites: students need to have a clear understanding of a
Implementation: All but two elements (viewing and publishing) of
this RWLO can be implemented during class time whether each student has or
has no access to a computer and/or Internet. If students do not have access
to computers or Internet in class, they will have to watch films and
publish their reviews as out-of-class activities.
Get comfortable with AtomFilms website http://www.atomfilms.com. Try to
anticipate any problems that students may encounter with this site. After
watching several films, write a one-paragraph review of one of them.
Prior to the class:
Let your students get familiar with AtomFilms website.
Explain that they will write a film review for one of the videos on this
website. Make students aware of different categories of films available:
comedy, drama, action, animation, extreme. (Music category contains music video clips not films). Students
can choose On the Spotlight >Greatest Hits to see a list of most popular
Ask students to watch several films and write a list of
3 to 5 films that they liked the most.
Class Session 1 (1 hour 10
Goal: Students will brainstorm ideas and draft a
1. Ask students to fast write about their writing
purpose and intended audience. See activity: What
is a film review?
2. Give students 10-15 minutes to discuss their answers
in groups or/and as a class. If you opt for group discussions only, monitor
for misconceptions and lack of ideas.
3. Based on the discussion results, ask students to
choose a film from their list for review.
4. Give students 10-15 minutes to brainstorm ideas for
their review. If their chosen film is short (most of them are 3 to 10
minutes long), they can watch the film while they are brainstorming ideas.
(Students should use headphones.) See Review
5. Outlining (5-10 minutes):
Based on the results of the brainstorming session, ask
students to form a specific claim that represents their opinion of the
film. If students struggle with it, offer them a sentence template, such
I _____________ “Title”, a short film by
Author because ___________________.
Ask them to list details that illustrate their opinion
and decide in what order they should appear in the paragraph. Ask students
to share their claim and details with others in their group. Encourage
listeners to ask questions if they get interested in or confused about
other people’s ideas.
6. Drafting (20 minutes):
Ask students to turn their outline (a claim and a list
of details) into a paragraph and add more details, explanations, and
recommendations if necessary.
Students may finish drafting at home. Give students a self-evaluation handout to check their
paragraphs for unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills and revise
their rough draft based on the self-evaluation results.
Session 2 (1 hour and 10 min.):
Goal: Students will read each other's paragraphs and
evaluate them according to the rubric provided by the instructor.
Alignment (15-20 minutes):
Before the peer review, use your own film review (a
rough draft, not a polished version) as a model to conduct a rubric
alignment. All students should get a copy of the model paragraph and a rubric. It's better to give one rubric per
group, so students can collaborate during evaluation. Ask students to read
the review and assess it using the rubric. Compare students' evaluations
with the instructor's and discuss any discrepancies or questions.
Review (15-20 minutes):
Ask students to use the same rubric
to evaluate one of their classmates' reviews. Use questioning and active
listening to facilitate the peer review process and moderate any possible
problems, confusions, or disputes. After filling out the rubric, students
should discuss the results with their partners.
Revising and Editing (20-25 minutes):
Based on the results of the peer review, students should
revise their paragraphs if necessary.
Give students a handout "How to publish a review" that
explains how they can register with Atom Films and post a review.