How many times have you told your students they cannot just let the quoted material they use in their academic writing float out there all by itself?
How many times have you told them to stop using the word "says" or the word "writes" to talk about text?
This activity asks your students to view a movie or documentary (of your choice -- I use a biographical movie like "Lincoln" or "Malala") to take notes and practice using "power verbs" to construct meaningful commentary.
Note: "power verbs" are transitive, active verbs that describe precisely what is happening with an argument. Often students state what a text "says" without commenting on what it DOES or what makes it significant. Some power verbs are "speculates," "asserts," "augments," "enriches," and "invalidates." The power verbs listed in this exercise is NOT an exhaustive list.