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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.
And...action! Turn your middle schoolers into filmmakers with this writing and visual arts activity. 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.
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.
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 lesson 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!
Second graders analyze a script for its story elements and study theatrical elements for the script. In this script analysis lesson, 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.
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.
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.
Students write script for a puppet show. For this writing lesson, students write a puppet show script using facts from a previous lesson. 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.
Students read parts from scripts in front of an audience.
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.
Students use research previously completed to write a script for a puppet show. They use peer editing to check for grammar and mechanics. They read their script to the class and record it on a tape.
Students study drama and plays. They study the job of a playwright and discuss plot and conflict in a play script. Together, as a class, they access an online resource site to find information about playwrights and then decide upon and post a question on the site that they wonder about writing plays.
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!
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.
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.
Students discover characterization techniques and methods. In this characterization lesson, students choose favorite fiction characters and discuss what makes a character come alive. Students 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.
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.
Students 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.
Learners explore an ancient alphabet that is nothing less than beautiful. They make a calligraphy reed which they will use to write their name and a personal description with in Arabic. The lesson includes links to a sample of the Arabic alphabet as well as a PowerPoint showcasing variations of the script.