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Video Review

Format

This is an individual strategy in which students write a review of a media source, such as an educational video that includes sound, text and graphics, requiring them to use multiple senses. Reviewing requires the writer to uncover and consider the key points or messages and write concisely with an authoritative style, while having a particular audience in mind.

Why use it?

  • To develop critical thinking skills
  • To reflect on new knowledge using higher order thinking skills
  • To analyse and consolidate information
  • To communicate for a given audience and purpose

Tips for success

  • This strategy can work well with any video.
  • Students could do the video reviews in small groups rather than individually.
  • Student pieces could be posted on a class portal, etc. as well as on CurioCity in the “comments” section below the video.

How do I use it?

  • Before the class, select a video/movie review that you wish to use as a sample. Reviews used on Amazon.ca can be a good starting point. Bookmark the site.
  • Review with the class the purposes of an educational video review. These include:
    • To inform – the review needs to tell people who made the video, the type of video (e.g., interview, animation, etc.) and where it can be viewed
    • To describe - the review should describe what the video is about (the subject)
    • To analyze – the review provides an opinion on whether the video is good or not and why.
    • To advise - the review should tell the reader whether or not to watch the video and give it a rating out of five stars
  • Identify the audience for the review. It could be other students, teachers, etc.
  • Students can use the Video Review template to plan the review and record their ideas.
Video Review Reproducible Template
Video Review Reproducible Template

Variations

  • Have students with opposing viewpoints (one gave a good review, one a bad review) discuss and challenge each other’s reviews.
  • Summarize the class reviews. What is the average number of stars that the video received?
  • Use this strategy with other media, such as books, articles and movies.

Extensions

  • Have students do additional external research to support or refute the claims and information in the article or video.
  • Have students conduct reviews of different media related to a specific theme or science concept. Compile and post the reviews to an online “learn more about…” page.

 

Using this Strategy

Create Your Own

Video Review Reproducible Template [Google doc] [.pdf]

Create Your Own

Video Review Reproducible Template [Google doc] [.pdf]

Ready to Use

Ready to Use

References

BBC GCSE Bitesize. (2014). Task 1: planning to write a film review.

Campsall, S. (2014). Writing to review.