The Blockbuster Movie - Lesson Lesson Plan


Level(s): Grades 11 - 12

Author: This unit was created by Carol Wells as part of a Media Education course taught by John Pungente at the Faculty of Education, University of Toronto, 1993.


This lesson introduces students to the phenomenon of the“blockbuster” movie – its history,characteristics and influences. Students will also explore the role of audience in the creation of a “blockbuster” and analyze their own responses to current blockbuster films. Students will learn about the process involved in turning a film into a blockbuster by devising promotional campaigns for an imaginary movie.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • understand the term "blockbuster movie" and its characteristics
  • understand the social and political factors that contribute to this genre
  • analyze their own responses to blockbuster films
  • discuss the concept of audience with respect to the film/text
  • consider the blockbuster as "event" encompassing many elements, and recognize it as a construction
  • understand the steps involved in creating a blockbuster film

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