Classroom fun equals more work


Harsimran Makkad

Students in Mr. Andrew Ovington’s Bell 6 Accelerated World History class watch “Amazing Grace.” They are expected to complete a worksheet that goes along with the movie. This is just one example of what happens in all types of classes around the school.

Harsimran Makkad

When the teacher says that the class is going to watch a video, everyone’s first reaction is typically some form of enthusiasm. That is until they are told there is a worksheet that goes along with what they are watching.

This is a frequent occurrence for students in their academic classes. Many are frustrated with the extra work that takes away from the fun of watching a video. So, just what is the reasoning behind all of this?

“Movie worksheets are a way to torture students and trick them into doing more work,” Latin teacher Mr. Mark Torlone said.

In actuality, this is not true. Worksheets are meant to help students understand what they are watching and how it ties back into the lesson they are learning.

It is also a way to ensure that they are paying attention to the video or movie that is put on.

Is this completely necessary for high school students?

“No. The whole idea sucks. It just ruins the whole purpose of watching a video and bores everyone,” sophomore Lisa Zhou said.

“I think that filling out worksheets distracts us, and we end up missing important parts of what we’re watching. It messes up the experience,” sophomore Kyuzo Kelly said.

To see examples of movie worksheets, visit the MovieSheets database.