Movie Review Lesson Plan for ESL Students

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

English Language Learners will learn movie and movie review vocabulary through activities in this lesson plan. They will view and discuss films and create a filmed movie review.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will:

  • Understand and use vocabulary related to movies and movie reviews.
  • Critique a short film and prepare an oral movie review, citing evidence to support opinions.
  • Discuss opinions about a movie with a peer.


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

ELP 9-12.4

An ELL can construct grade-appropriate oral and written claims and support them with reasoning and evidence.

ELP 9-12.3

An ELL can speak and write about grade-appropriate complex literary and informational texts and topics.

ELP 9-12.6

An ELL can analyze and critique the arguments of others orally and in writing.

Materials Needed

  • Internet access
  • Projector or SMART Board
  • Video cameras or phones with video capabilities
  • Popcorn


  • Film
  • Movie
  • Movie genre:
    • Drama
    • Comedy
    • Thriller
    • Science-fiction/sci-fi
    • Romantic comedy/rom-com
    • Action
    • Classic film
    • Documentary
    • Mockumentary
  • Movie roles:
    • Producer
    • Director
    • Actor/actress
    • Screenwriter
  • Movie aspects:
    • Soundtrack
    • Dialogue
    • Special effects
    • Screenplay
  • Movie story:
    • Setting
    • Plot/storyline
    • Characters
    • Resolution
    • Cliffhanger
  • Movie Review Terms:
    • Hit
    • Rotten tomato
    • Flop
    • Blockbuster
    • Critic
    • Mediocre
    • Cliche' ridden
    • Boring
    • Effects-driven
    • Spoiler
    • Spoiler alert
    • Charming
    • Disappointing
    • Formulaic
    • Predictable
    • Juvenile
    • Dreadful
    • Bland
    • Low-budget
    • Big-budget
    • Oddball
    • Suspenseful

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