This multidisciplinary writing lesson focuses on viewing an engaging feature film in class then teaching students about paragraph by paragraph, how to write a feature film review. This engaging activity should be conducted after watching the film in class and after having a film analysis discussion. I am always amazed how much insight students have into a good "teaching" film and how engaged they become in the class discussion. We all learn that everyone has different worthwhile insight into a film. It is most satisfying to see so-so students emerge as discussion leaders and thereby grow in self-confidence
This is a preliminary activity to my multi-lessoned major teaching unit based on the feature film, "Last of the Mohicans" (Daniel Day-Lewis), voted as one of the best 100 films ever. It includes 17 lessons, ranging from organizational skills, writing tips, movie quotations, using the internet to research the movie, in class developmental writing activities, writing a climax and conclusion, film discussion questions and film guide recommendations.
As you will notice, some of the films I refer to here in the examples are dated, but that is okay. The students might want to watch them, they are still relevant and you can "you tube" most of them or access them in other ways.