Hey kids! Ever watch those shows on TV with famous film critics and wonder how they got such a fun job? Well you can become a film critic too, right from your very own couch!
Here are some questions to ask, that will help you evaluate and discuss the programs you have watched. If you practice this often enough, you will learn to view media more critically and begin to ask these questions of yourself whenever you are engaged in viewing a film, TV program or DVD. Parents can try this with their kids, no matter what age they are.
- Describe what happened in the film in 25 words or less.
- Who were the main characters and what did they do?
- What was your favorite part and why?
- Would you recommend it to a friend? If so, why?
- What star rating would you give this with 5 stars being high and 1 being low?
Now it’s time to let everyone know what you thought. Write your opinion about a film and print it in the “family newspaper” or start your own TV critic show where you can talk about a film, using evaluation criteria above. Broadcast your opinions!! Put your reviews on video, and you can even upload it to YouTube. Send your YouTube video to KIDS FIRST! and we will link to it on our website!
No one is too young or old to learn to be more media savvy. If you, your parent, teacher, or other adult would like to start their own Junior Film Critics Club, check out the KIDS FIRST! juror program at: http://www.kidsfirst.org/become-a-juror/