Actors and writers alike enroll in screenwriting classes to learn how to write television or movie scripts. Scriptwriting is also a great outlet for middle and high schoolers to practice their writing skills.
The key to scriptwriting is the character development and the formatting of the script. Much different than a novel, a script is character-centric. Conveying this notion in lesson plans on writing a script may prove to be a bit challenging, particularly because the student may be very excited by the creative aspect of the project, but may become bored with the learning process.
“Write a Batman Script”
Grade Levels: 7-8
The above lesson plan can also be implemented by assigning a book like The Great Gatsby to the class to read and then have them write a script scene based on one of the chapters of the book.
Students can also practice screenwriting using real life experiences. If you plan to have students pull material from real life experiences you should develop a specific lesson plan that includes direction on a specific timeframe of experience to draw from as well as what should and should not be included.
A lesson plan on character development would include an activity on dialogue development. For example:
- What does the character treasure the most?
- When did they laugh or cry last? Why did they do this?
These lesson plans will give teachers direction on the objectives they should have and how to structure their lessons on scriptwriting with creativity.