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Screenplay UNIT:  Screenwriting in Secondary ELA-- From Script to Trailer
One of the things I really enjoy is reading and writing screenplays. In this unit by Bespoke ELA, I have put together some of the key lessons that I've learned about script writing in a format that is user-friendly to secondary ELA students. Screenplay writing is a high-interest type of writing be
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STEMersion -- Solving Percent Problems -- Screenwriter
STEM-ersion assignments aim to immerse students in an authentic application within a career. Students often ask what careers will use certain math skills and I think this is an opportunity to show them where the thinking is used! These problems aim to help students construct responses with my Eviden
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Common Core Screenwriting -  Students As Screenwriters - Creative Writing Unit
What Is Screenwriting? Screenwriting is a form of storytelling that creates a visual tale for the reader, and if performed, the viewer. Screenplays can be either original pieces of work, or stories taken from other forms of literature. This is commonly to referred to as an adapted screenplay.
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Being A Screenwriter Part 2: Writing Your Screenplay - Complete Set
Welcome to Being a Screenwriter Part 2! This 10-unit, project-based screenwriting curriculum is designed to encourage the understanding of film and the creative writing process for students in grades 6-8. This fun, engaging learning program gets right down to the business of developing scripts and
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Being A Screenwriter Part 1: Generating Ideas For Your Screenplay - Complete Set
Attention all aspiring videographers and filmmakers! Students begin the process of unleashing their inner Spielbergs in this thrilling introduction to the art and science of screenwriting. This project-based screenwriting curriculum is designed to enrich the writing and language skills of student
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Being A Screenwriter 2 Lesson 4: How Screenwriters Write
This lesson is part of our course entitled Being A Screenwriter 2. Lesson 4: How Screenwriters Write - Screenplay Formatting Form and function of the parts of a screenplay become abundantly clear to learners as they participate in a "table reading." Students have fun as they channel Pitt and Joli
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Being A Screenwriter 2 Lesson 9: Bringing It All Together
This lesson is part of our course entitled Being A Screenwriter 2. Lesson 9: Bringing It All Together - Finishing Your Screenplay Great writers, and even screenwriters, know that sharing their work with others helps them identify their script’s greatest strengths and weaknesses. Feedback from fel
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Being A Screenwriter Lesson 9:  Thinking Cinematically
This lesson is part of the series entitled Being A Screenwriter. Lesson 9 - Thinking Cinematically: Showing Rather than Telling The fundamental tool of screenwriting, the storyboard, is at the center of this introduction to cinematic thinking. As learners linking a chain of visuals in order to tel
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Being A Screenwriter Lesson 10: The Pitch
This lesson is part of the series entitled Being A Screenwriter. Lesson 10 - The Pitch: Writing Your Logline and Treatment Imagine a film: “Twenty young screenwriters compete to win a Hollywood contract for a movie about themselves…” Learners wrap up their creations for the Hollywood litmus test:
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Being A Screenwriter 2 Lesson 5: How To Start A Screenplay
This lesson is part of our course entitled Being A Screenwriter 2. Lesson 5: How to Start a Screenplay - Writing Slug Lines and Transitions Getting from one scene to the next is one of the most challenging tasks for screenwriters. In this lesson, learners get acquainted with the "fade," "cut," an
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Being A Screenwriter Lesson 5: Bringing It All Together
This lesson is part of the series entitled Being A Screenwriter. Lesson 5 - Bringing It All Together: Making Your Ideas Work “Story Stars”—an inventive activity that helps student screenwriters zero in on plot lines and story details—is at the center of this exciting lesson. Tabloid headlines also
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Being A Screenwriter Lesson 2:  How Movies Work
This lesson is part of the series entitled Being A Screenwriter. Lesson 2 - How Movies Work: The Three-Act Structure What if Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz) found herself surrendering to Darth Vader (Star Wars)? In this lesson, mixing up the elements of storytelling helps learners understand the classi
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Being A Screenwriter Lesson 4: The Brainstorm
This lesson is part of the series entitled Being A Screenwriter. Lesson 4 - The Brainstorm: Coming Up with an Idea The rapid-fire delivery of writing “prompts” in this lesson is sure to stimulate a swarm of new ideas. Most importantly, learners get the idea that inspiration can be found most anyw
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Being A Screenwriter Lesson 6: Developing Characters
This lesson is part of the series entitled Being A Screenwriter. Lesson 6 - Developing Characters: Who Will Your Story Be About? Characters come alive in this intriguing and revealing exploration of character development. Students discover new dimensions to character on “The Psychiatrist’s Couch”
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Screenwriting format for the Spanish classroom
Want to have your students learn screenwriting format for their Spanish films? Here's a quick one-page document in Spanish. The scene is a classroom where a teacher is explaining to her class how to format a script -- general rules and norms are explained and exemplified in the script. The 2nd page
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Being A Screenwriter Lesson 8:  The Hero/Heroine's Journey
This lesson is part of the series entitled Being A Screenwriter. Lesson 8 - The Hero/Heroine's Journey: Managing Conflict and Character Even the hero’s journey starts with a single step. Learners set off on the road to story-building in this important lesson that ties character and conflict in fun
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Being A Screenwriter 2 Lesson 6: What Your Characters Do
This lesson is part of our course entitled Being A Screenwriter 2. Lesson 6: What Your Characters Do - Writing Action From a raised eyebrow to a high-speed chase, all action in a screenplay can be scripted, and its relationship to character is critical. Learners develop "action points" in two act
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Being A Screenwriter 2 Lesson 8: Writing Dialog
This lesson is part of our course entitled Being A Screenwriter 2. Lesson 8: Writing Dialogue - Deciding What Their Characters Will Say Before diving in to their own dialogue, learners practice dialogue formatting. Then they begin to reveal their quirky, evil or brainy characters for each scene d
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Being A Screenwriter Lesson 3: The Story YOU Can Tell
This lesson is part of the series entitled Being A Screenwriter. Lesson 3 - The Story You Can Tell: Writing from the Heart Generating ideas for screenplays often represents a struggle between the heart and the head. Learners capture the best of both in this set of activities that use memories and
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Being A Screenwriter 2 Lesson 2: Understanding Scenes
This lesson is part of our course entitled Being A Screenwriter 2. Lesson 2: Understanding Scenes - The Building Blocks of a Screenplay Using a logline, learners begin the process of sketching the fundamental scenes of a hypothetical movie. Next, students apply scene structure diagramming to the
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Being A Screenwriter 2 Lesson 3:  The Scene Outline
This lesson is part of our course entitled Being A Screenwriter 2. Lesson 3: The Scene Outline - Planning Your Screenplay Students create their movie "blueprints" in Lesson 3, sketching up to fifteen different scenes for their upcoming blockbusters. Working with a partner, learners exchange ideas
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Being A Screenwriter Lesson 7: Understanding Conflict
This lesson is part of the series entitled Being A Screenwriter. Lesson 7 - Understanding Conflict: What Will Your Story Be About? Will the learners in your classroom craft stories with war, intrigue, disaster, crime, or failed romance at the heart of their stories? A return to familiar films intr
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Being A Screenwriter 2 Lesson 7: How Characters Talk
This lesson is part of our course entitled Being A Screenwriter 2. Lesson 7: How Characters Talk -The Importance of Dialogue Dramatic language - the language that moves both stories and audiences - gets its due in this intriguing experiment with dialogue. Learners also test their knowledge of hal
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Being A Screenwriter 2 Lesson 10: Your Script Comes To Life
This lesson is part of our course entitled Being A Screenwriter 2. Lesson 10: Your Script Comes to Life - The Table Reading Scripts at the ready, learners take on the roles of actors and hear the results of their hard work in this culminating activity. Even a "director" gets to participate. Ready
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