Unit Plan

Writing a Screenplay

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It's time to make a movie! Kids follow 15 steps to take their movie ideas from concept to script, following clear examples. The resource includes creative ways to guide learners into developing a few words and concepts into fully developed screenplays.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have kids make their movies and present them in class, either in groups or at home with their own cameras
  • Break up the activity over a longer period of time, or use within a unit about the writing process
  • Bring in movies and have kids analyze the way they're put together and written
Classroom Considerations
  • Lessons are designed for gifted learners, but classes of all levels could enjoy writing their own movies
  • An excellent way to ease both skilled and reluctant readers into the screenwriting process
  • Fun and creative way for kids to learn about the filmmaking process
  • Includes an assessment with film terms, an answer key, and a rubric for the project
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