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NSW Syllabuses

Stage 5 - Activity 3

Movie Review and User Comment

Description of activity

Students will view a popular movie of their own choosing and then complete the following,

  1. Visit the website and read the range of reviews and user comments for their chosen movie
  2. Use the reviews on the website as a guide to write their own review of their chosen film for a teenage magazine.  The review should reflect their target audience.
  3. Read a range of ‘user comments’ on their chosen movie on the website and then write their own user comment for the website.  (Student may wish to post this on the website.)  Submit a hard copy of both their review and their user comment.


Students have been studying how film techniques are used to shape meaning, in the context of popular movies. They have discussed their personal responses to popular movies, and have engaged with the language of persuasion and personal opinion in movie promotional material, reviews and user comments.


EN5-1A responds to and composes increasingly sophisticated and sustained texts for understanding, interpretation, critical analysis, imaginative expression and pleasure
EN5-2A effectively uses and critically assesses a wide range of processes, skills, strategies and knowledge for responding to and composing a wide range of texts in different media and technologies
EN5-3B selects and uses language forms, features and structures of texts appropriate to a range of purposes, audiences and contexts, describing and explaining their effects on meaning

Criteria for assessing learning

(These criteria would normally be communicated to students with the activity.)
Students will be assessed on their ability to:

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • explain your personal responses to, and analysis of, film
  • demonstrate knowledge of the conventions of writing in particular forms for particular audiences and purposes
  • show understanding of different points of views
  • demonstrate awareness of the ways in which modern technologies are used to inform, persuade entertain.

Graded student work samples - End Stage

Grade AGrade B
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Grade CGrade D
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