Scripting the Past: Exploring Women's History Through Film

Explore women's history through films and filmmaking. An innovative research project prompts class members to create their own screenplay about a figure in women's history. After outlining their characters, settings, and plots, young writers script a key scene from their screenplay and present it to the class.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members list films they have seen that detail key moments or figures in women's history
  • If pupils have access to the necessary technology, encourage them to film the scene they have designed and present it to the class
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires some prior knowledge about the filmmaking process, or a lengthy lesson during the second activity
Pros

  • Multi-faceted project appeals to many different skill and interest levels
  • Incorporates Women's History Month in a creative way
Cons

  • None