Using film is one of the most engaging methods for teaching critical thinking.
This resource will help make movie viewing a great educational experience, as well as a naturally motivating one (and one for which they will now have some accountability). “How to Read a Movie” is a generic form that will help you and students notice the elements of film as you watch any movie.
8 literary elements, 5 dramatic elements, and 7 cinematic elements are listed to help students hone their critical awareness of the factors that affect their reaction to films of all kinds.
Another handout with the definitions of film terms is included in case students are not familiar with them.
As reviewed in the introduction to the unit, this form can be used as a note-taking sheet for students, an informative sheet for teachers, or a way to assess students’ attention to movies watched in class.