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What kid doesn’t love a good feature film? These writing prompts about movies will encourage students to take film to a new level. Whether they’re persuading a friend to see a favorite movie, reviewing a recent show, comparing books to their on-screen counterparts, or creating a memorable film character, your kids are sure to find a prompt that inspires!
1. Must See!
What is your all-time favorite movie? Write a paragraph persuading a friend to watch it.
2. A Fighting Chance
Luke Skywalker wields a lightsaber, and Katniss Everdeen is a whiz with a bow and arrow. Buzz Lightyear has a Space Ranger Blaster, while Ironman uses a wrist laser.
Plan a movie in which your hero has a special weapon. Who is your hero? What is his or her weapon of choice? How is it used?
3. Don’t Judge a Book by Its Movie
Make a list of books you’ve read that have also been made into movies you’ve seen, such as Charlotte’s Web or The Hobbit. Next to each title, note whether you preferred the book or the film version.
Challenge: Explain your reason(s) for preferring one over the other.
4. Two Thumbs Up
Write a review of a movie you’ve watched recently.
- What is the film’s genre? Action? Science Fiction? Fantasy? Other?
- Include a brief summary of the film and an explanation of why you liked (or hated) it. What was your favorite scene? Did you find any part of the movie disappointing? (Make sure to avoid spoilers, since others may not have seen the film yet.)
- Give the movie a rating from one to five stars (one star meaning terrible and five stars meaning exceptional).
5. What a Character!
Have you ever wanted to write a movie screenplay? Write a paragraph describing your main character. Include the character’s appearance, character qualities, desires, and a surprising fact about their background. If you get stuck thinking of words, you can find some ideas here and here.
6. Pretty Powerful
What movie has made the greatest impact on you? Explain your reasons, using three different scenes from the film as examples.
Looking for more writing prompts? Check out our extensive collection on Writing Prompt Wednesdays!