"I'm not a film major! I don't know how to talk about film."
When assigning film in a non-film studies class, it can be useful to provide students with some templates for how to talk about film. Assigning a relevant reading can be useful to this end. Building a vocabulary to use when discussing movies helps spur fruitful discussion and may lessen students' anxiety about speaking up in class.
Selected readings from these introductory-level, widely used film-studies books might give students a good baseline to work with when starting to analyze film in a non-film studies class.
Instructors might want to consider assigning reading from a less academic source. Popular film criticism can provide a nice example for students of how to talk about movies. Consider reviews or analysis pieces from the following sources.