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Babe: Film Review

School: Cambridge Friends School

City/State: Cambridge, MA

Grade(s): 7

Format(s): Fim Review

Subject(s): Performing Arts

Type(s): Argument/Opinion

Writing Assignment Description: 

As part of a Boston Globe feature called Teen View, Hillary while in 7th grade wrote a series of reviews of movies for the newspaper, including reviews of Fly Away Home and James and The Giant Peach.

The author makes a compelling case for a how a Disney children’s movie has surprising appeal and relevance for teens.

This review was published in The Boston Globe on March 7, 1996.

How This Writing Can Be Useful: 

  • Remarkable vocabulary for a 7th grader (or even a high school student)
  • Engaging and confident voice that draws you in and keeps you reading
  • Excellent understanding of her teenage audience: respectful, direct and honest; never condescending or pandering
  • Shows an artistic depth in understanding the vision and strengths of this particular film that is sophisticated even when compared to adult work in this genre.

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
W.7.1
  • I can write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
W.7.4
  • I can produce clear and coherent writing that is appropriate to task, purpose and audience.
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