You are going to write an argument either in favor of, or against, a movie you have seen recently. While your opinion by itself is valuable, you will be able to formulate a stronger argument by including the testimony of an experienced movie reviewer.
- Step one is to go to www.rottentomatoes.com and type the title of your movie in the search bar at the top of the page.
- Once you have located the page for your film, sort the reviews by clicking on the link that says "fresh". This, of course, is presupposing that you are writing an argument in favor of a particular film. If you would like to argue against the viewing of a particular film, you will need to find a "rotten" review. Try your best to find a review from someone who has been classified as "Top Critic".
- You will need to click on "read full review" and then actually READ THE FULL REVIEW. Remember, the point is to find supporting testimony for your argument.
- After you have read the full review, you will need to find at least two quotations that you would like to include to support your argument. You should look for quotations that will fit nicely into your argument. After reading the quotation it should be clear that the reviewer you are quoting genuinely enjoyed the film.
- Once you have identified at least two quotations, WRITE A 500 WORD ARGUMENT in which you attempt to convince your classmates to view the film in question. You should give personal reasons for enjoying the film you have chosen but do not forget that your sole purpose is to convince your classmates to view the film in question.
- After each quotation you include in your argument, you will need to give credit to the original author. To do this all you need to do is include a citation. For this exercise your in text citations will look like this: "This movie is incredible" (Tobias, 2013). In the preceding example, credit has been given to Mr. Tobias, the supposed author of a movie review, along with the year in which the review was written.
- At the end of your argument, include the title of the review, the author and the website where the article was found.