Formative Assessments: Reader's & Writer's Notebook
What is a viewer's response to film?
A viewer's response to film is a critical thinking tool which offers a student viewing a film the opportunity to:
- develop visual literacy
- articulate and develop an understanding of the text of a film
As you view a film and respond to prompts, consider how you would answer the following questions.
- What kinds of images are you seeing? Are they soft and glowing with warmth or harsh and sharp?
- Does the camera move slowly from left to right or does it jump quickly?
- Does the film "feel" fast paced or relaxed?
- What are the scene transitions like? Does the film fade to black between "chapters"?
- What's the soundtrack like? Could it be identified with an era?
- Are themes repeated like the bass "da-dum da-dum da-dum dum dum da-dum da-dum da-dum" in Jaws? When and why is a theme repeated?
- Who are the main characters?
- What's the primary conflict? How is it resolved?
- Are there any sub-plots?
- What's the overall theme?
- Watching a film adaptation of a novel? Consider these questions:
- Are characters/scenes missing or added?
- Is the sequence of events the same as the novel?
- Is the ending the same?
- Is the overall message the same?
- Do the actors interpret the characters in the same way you envisioned the characters when you read the book?How are they different than you imagined? How are they the same?
Watching a documentary? Consider these questions:
- What is the main focus of this film?
- What is the thesis of this film? What is it trying to prove or persuade the audience to believe?
- What is the supporting evidence? How does the film prove the truth of the thesis?
Click here to view a sample viewer's response.
Ready to complete your own Viewer's Response?
Click here download a blank response.
Then click on "File" and select "Make a Copy"
Next, rename the document (just delete the word "copy" and keep the rest). Lastly, save it to your Reader's & Writer's Notebook, located in your course folder.