Game, Movie & Book Reviews

Game, Movie & Book Reviews
English Language Arts
3rd-4th, though easily modifiable for other grades
Time Frame:
1 class period per review
Students will plan and record game reviews to pique their interest, develop an understanding of the process, and teach the tech skills. Once comfortable with the review genre, process and tech skills, students will transition into writing book reviews. The goal is to pull in reluctant and immature writers while simultaneously encouraging the development of "voice."
  1. Introduce the project
  2. Listen to a few sample reviews done by older students, students from previous years, or the teacher
  3. Discuss a beginning game review format
    • Introduction and name of game
    • 3 aspects of the game they liked
    • 1 aspect they would change or add to improve or customize the game
    • Closing
  4. Plan review (could easily be done in pairs and might be stronger that way due to the built in editing of ideas and the dynamic of two reviewers) - Games could be computer, console, iPad, iPod touch, sports, gym, board games, etc.
  5. Practice
  6. Record - (AudioBoo, Cinch, GarageBand on Mac, Audacity on PC)
  7. Upload - (AudioBoo, Cinch, Wiki, Blog, etc.)
  8. Sharing in class, discussion, examining what makes a "good" review
  9. Repeat for a second game
  10. Optional - Math Games
    • Discuss what elements might go into a math game review
    • Repeat above process for a math game
    • Revisit how a math game review might need to be different and what makes a "good" math game review
    • Review a second or third math game
  11. Optional - Look at screencast reviews? - May require a different tool(s) and way of posting
  12. Repeat process for short movie or book reviews
  • What GLCE's or other objectives does this activity/lesson project meet?
  • Please include at least one !gnite objective here as well (communication with text and non-text resources, collaboration, higher order thinking skills, problem solving, etc.)
How will you assess the students learning?
Please identify opportunities for differentiation.
  • Links to teacher or student examples.


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