Edwin Edwin

movie review
B1 level


In this lesson Ss learn about writing film reviews using present simple, and story telling using the past simple


Abc Textbook copies
Abc Textbook HO
Abc mad libs movie review activity/storyboard speaking activity

Main Aims

  • To provide process and product writing practice of a Film review in the context of recommending a DVD

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a Story telling in the context of an alien encounter


Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To introduce the context and prepare Ss for the film review task

Greet Ss distribute the 1st part of the mad libs activity Tell Ss this is your final grammar test for this course After Ss complete the dozen or so vocabulary and parts of speech items, peer check and the teacher congratulates everyone

Pre-teach (5-10 minutes) • Ss will complete a gap-fill film review example

Tell Ss that I lied about the grammar final and that they will now use those same words in the same order to fill in the blanks on the 2nd mad libs HO. Once they transfer the words they will then read the film reviews that they have helped to create to a partner or share with the whole class if they choose.

Reading for text Layout and gist (5-10 minutes) • Familiarize Ss with film review lay out and text structure for upcoming writing tasks

Chest Textbook HO with outline highlighter markings and direct Ss Attn to the pictures and show them that there are 4 paragraphs in the text. First we will number them. Next, show them the field below the text and that there are 4 small empty boxes that they need to write one of those paragraph numbers in. Teacher will help guide Ss to do the first one and then allow Ss to work together in pairs to complete and peer check. Teacher will monitor and answer any questions that come up.

Gap-Fill Reading (5-10 minutes) • Ss will complete a gap-fill film review from textbook using prepositions

Ss will then read over the text again, this time inserting the correct prepositions into the blank spaces in the text. Peer check first before WGFB

Writing Film Review (5-10 minutes) • Ss will write their own film reviews as if recommending people to buy a DVD

Using the materials on hand (the mad libs review, the textbook HO and a copy of the cinema word bank from p.154 in the textbook), Ss will be given up to 10 minutes to write a short film review and recommendation.

Speaking Practice (5-10 minutes) • To allow Ss another opportunity for productive skill practice

After writing and sharing their film reviews with a partner or whole class, Ss will be shown a wordless storyboard of pictures and then instructed to tell the story of the pictures together with a partner taking turns i.e. student A pictures 1,3,5/student B 2,4,6 etc... Teacher will give any feedback Thank the Ss for their participation

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