Upper Intermediate level
To provide writing practice for fluency in the context of a film review.
Students will try to practice making recommendations.
Students will practice switching verb tenses.
Students will practice organizing their writing.
Procedure (39-45 minutes)
Students will be asked to write in the chatbox what they think is the most famous/best American movie of all time. I'll will tell them they have 15 seconds so they should write the first film that pops into their head. After they have typed their answers I share my screen with a clip from the last two minutes of The Godfather. After the clip, in OC, I will ask students to write in the chatbox if they have seen the film and if so would he or she recommend it. I will also ask if they haven't seen the film was it ever recommended to them.
I will share my screen again with my short review of Coco. I will explain that I want the students to write a film review based on this model. They will be told they can recommend, or not recommend any film of their choice. We will go over the format of my review. I will showcase that the order of the format is "introduction (thesis/opinion), plot (what happens without spoilers), recommendation (analysis of why)."
After the format analysis we will review a few grammar points in the sample. It will be a simple overview of past and present tenses, adjectives, adverbs, and one fixed phrase. That phrase being "If you like (don't like) xyz, then I do (don't) recommend this movie" Students will be nominated to identify the tenses and adverbs and adjectives. This will be brief.
Students will be provided the link to google slides that contains my review of Coco. Students will be assigned a specific slide for his and her film review. They will be told that they have 20 minutes and if they need help they must message me privately in the chatbox. While students are writing I will be monitoring to make sure that they are on task. I will give them a 2 minute warning when it is close to the end. All of this happens in OC.
Students will be provided a link to google forms for a checklist to see if they completed the task. The students will go to breakout rooms and do a peer check and share each other's work and answers to the form. They will have 2-4 minutes to do this task and will be monitored for more data collection. Back in OC we will do DEC using the whiteboard to help with any spelling, grammar, or organizational mistakes.