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Scripting a Crime Drama
Develop novice script-writers. Small groups sift through a sample script, noting any script-writing conventions to share with the whole class. Using these conventions and plot structures, these groups compose a script for a 10 minute excerpt of a television crime drama. Learners can either film their scripts or perform them in front of the class with props. They are assessed by peer evaluators. This resource is well-constructed and complete.
Writing a Narrative Movie Script with the Use of a Viewfinder
And...action! Turn your middle schoolers into filmmakers with this writing and visual arts lesson. After reading Monster by Walter Dean Myers, they create a viewfinder using an empty toilet paper roll to make a storyboard for their narrative movie script. They work through a writing process to write their narrative. A rubric includes ways for them to focus on precise language and story organization.
Spontaneous Speeches: Is Scripted Better?
Students give speeches to their class. In this scripted speech lesson, students give a scripted speech to their classmates. students record evaluations using the NoteFolio technology. They review their recorded speech.
Scripting The Great Train Robbery
Take writing prompts to another level in this activity, which allows pupils to create scenes of dialogue based on the 1903 silent film, The Great Train Robbery. Useful for a language arts/history cross-curricular activity, the instructional activity guides young writers through the historical context of the movie, appropriate music choices for mood, and eventually, a Six Trait writing process for their scripts. This is guaranteed to get even your most passive writers' attention!
Literature Land Theme Park!
High schoolers, in groups, research the setting, food, and entertainment of a selection of literature. They design costumes, menus, and theme parks from the piece of literature as well. Then they present their projects to the class after they have written scripts. Note: The attached worksheet "Literature Land Theme Park Rubric" cannot currently be found on the Scholastic website.
Lesson Plan: The Tour Starts at Noon
The Eleven-Headed Bodhisattva is a piece that represents characteristics, meanings, and ideals common to those who practice Buddhism in Japan. Learners fully analyze this piece, then take a virtual trip to examine the Buddhist temples this statue came from. They write a tour guide script based on their research.
Take some time to write multiple play scripts in your class. The first script is entirely collaborative. The class decides on characters and a first line, individuals choose a second line of dialogue and then pass their notebooks around in a circle, adding a line to each script that passes through. The second script is individual and the third is completed in small groups and related to the natural world. Playwrights can perform one, two, or three different plays over the course of two days!
Putting on a Show: Script Analysis
Second graders read and analyze a script to determine the characters, setting and main idea. After breaking up into smaller groups and reading a given section of the script, students use their analysis of the script to help determine possible production decisions such as costuming, set pieces and character development.
Putting on a Show: Script Analysis
Second graders analyze a script for its story elements and study theatrical elements for the script. In this script analysis lesson plan, 2nd graders complete a pre-assessment for their knowledge base of script and story elements. Students then discuss the elements for the script and complete a post assessment of scripts.
“Myth Busting” Script and Curriculum
Tenth graders research different myths about medicines and prescription abuse. In this health lesson, 10th graders can perform a script and discuss the various roles and opinions generated. they create a poster to display their research.
A-Scripting We Will Go
Students write script for a puppet show. In this writing instructional activity, students write a puppet show script using facts from a previous instructional activity. They listen to DyAnne DiSalvo Ryan's, City Green before discussing the characters and which ones were for the common good. They practice reading the script before recording it on a tape.
Tips on Scripting
Students read parts from scripts in front of an audience.
Now Let Me Fly -- A Black History Reader's Theater Script
Students study African American history, Jim Crow laws, and seperate but equal statutes by performing a Reader's Theater script. They perform Marcia Cebulska's, Now Let Me Fly, which may be requested online.
Introduce your middle schoolers to a performance and movement activity that uses their favorite stories from fairytales and folklore. They practice basic acting skills, create dialogues with a partner, and then as guided practice, produce and perform their scripts. Links to activities, assessments and extensions are included, but copies of the stories are not. Stories from mythology would be a nice modification to include.
Mythology: Reader's Theater
Build reading fluency and classroom community with a Reader’s Theater activity. Class groups select a myth, or if part of a myth writing unit, select a group member’s myth, craft a script, and perform for the class. Directions for scripting a myth and a model myth are included in the plan.
Characterization in Literature
Learners discover characterization techniques and methods. In this characterization activity, students choose favorite fiction characters and discuss what makes a character come alive. Learners then describe a family member or a friend and create a character to use in a brief script. Students then trace the historical development of minor characters and flat vs. round characters.
Leave all critics and censors out of this activity, but include all class members in an introduction to two types of brainstorming. The “Seeds” strategy involves listing seeds for a script that grow from something seen, read, dreamed, etc., that sticks in one’s mind. In the second strategy, “Visualizing,” participants create lists of ideas that come from visualizing the five senses, things they might hear, smell, touch, taste, or see. Although designed as part of a series of exercises on scriptwriting, the ideas included in the packet could be used with any brainstorming session.
Reader's Theater: Presenting Asian Folktales
Students, working in groups, rewrite Asian folktales as Reader's Theater scripts. Depending on grade level, they visit Websites and copy assigned stories. Students then perform their versions for classmates.
The Galapagos Islands inspired Darwin to develop his theory of evolution. These wonderful islands will also be the topic of a lesson on habitat and conservation. In small groups, learners will collect and synthesize information regarding the Galapagos to script and perform a mock news bulletin. The inquiry and project-based collaboration are sure to make for an engaging learning experience.
Swamps, Shrimp, and Tsunamis: A Simulation of Sustainable Development Issues in Coastal Ecuador
Middle schoolers examine the economic benefits, environmental losses and dangers of the shrimp farming industry on the coast of Ecuador. They read a script, role-play people involved in the shrimp business, and write an essay of the pros and cons.