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Script writing lesson middle school

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Students learn to summarize one chapter from a Harry Potter book and write a one scene script for it.

Grades

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Objectives

  • Students will learn to write a script.
  • Students will practice their public speaking skills.
  • Students will practice their reading comprehension skills by learning how to summarize.

Materials

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and/or the rest of the Harry Potter books.
  • Copies of the Script Writing handout

Procedures

  1. Distribute the Script Writing handout.
  2. Ask students to select and re-read their favorite chapter from one of the Harry Potter books.
  3. Instruct students to summarize the chapter using the handout.
  4. Go over "Writing the Script for a Scene" together.
  5. Give students time to write scripts for one scene from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
  6. Break the class up into partners and have them read each other's work.
  7. Allow students to edit their scripts.
  8. Act the scenes out in front of the class.
  9. As an extension activity try the following:

    Watch a film adaptation of another book and discuss whether or not the film accurately captured the tone and spirit of the book. (Suggested movies: James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Witches, Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web,and The Mouse and the Motorcycle)

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Lesson Plan: Writing a screenplay - Mensa for Kids

The key to scriptwriting is the character development and the formatting of the script. Much different than a novel, a script is character-centric. Conveying this notion in lesson plans on writing a script may prove to be a bit challenging, particularly because the student may be very excited by the creative aspect of the project, but may become bored with the learning process.

Sample Lesson Plan: Writing a Script

“Write a Batman Script”

Grade Levels: 7-8

Objectives

  • Students will write a script
  • Students will develop characters
  • Students will develop situations for the characters to go through

Materials

  • “Throw Mama From the Train” script (first three scenes)
  • Screenwriting for Dummies book
  • “Throw Mama From the Train” DVD

Procedures

  • Pass out photocopies of select sections in the Screenwriting for Dummies book to the class.

Students can also practice screenwriting using real life experiences. If you plan to have students pull material from real life experiences you should develop a specific lesson plan that includes direction on a specific timeframe of experience to draw from as well as what should and should not be included.

Character Development

A lesson plan on character development would include an activity on dialogue development. For example:

  • You write out on strips of paper dialogue lines. Put them in a shoebox and shake them around.
  • Have a few students select no more than two lines of dialogue.
  • After the students look at the line(s) of dialogue, you can have them brainstorm on a character that actually might say that line of dialogue.
  • Give the students a character profile list that will better enable them to develop the characters.
They create a scenario including a setting, a conflict and a resolution.

At this point, I ask the partners to randomly decide who will be A and who will be B. A's are asked to stand up and to move to another B. They then engage in the process of reading their monologues and creating a scenario with this new partner. This is a fabulous way to get students to collaborate with a number of different students in class instead of their usual crew! After repeating the process, each student will have a number of interesting scenarios. But here's the thing! They can only write one! So...

Each student is given a post-it note on which they write their first, second and third choice of scenario. As I collect the post-its, I assure the students that I will do everything I can to give them their first or second choice.

The next day in class, students find out who their partner will be and, using their monologues and their scenario, they write a fabulous 2 character scene that they have work-shopped from the ground up!

Students learn to summarize one chapter from a Harry Potter book and write a one scene script for it.

Grades

Subjects




Objectives

  • Students will learn to write a script.
  • Students will practice their public speaking skills.
  • Students will practice their reading comprehension skills by learning how to summarize.

Materials

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and/or the rest of the Harry Potter books.
  • Copies of the Script Writing handout

Procedures

  1. Distribute the Script Writing handout.
  2. Ask students to select and re-read their favorite chapter from one of the Harry Potter books.
  • Break the class up into partners and have them read each other's work.
  • Allow students to edit their scripts.
  • Act the scenes out in front of the class.
  • As an extension activity try the following:

    Watch a film adaptation of another book and discuss whether or not the film accurately captured the tone and spirit of the book. (Suggested movies: James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Witches, Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web,and The Mouse and the Motorcycle)

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