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Mr Jimenez

[WRITING] Our own screenplay

Grades: 7th Grade, 9th Grade, 8th Grade
Subjects: Drama, Multilingual Learners, Writing

Student Instructions

Once they know the type of story, setting, characters and props, the students need to work together to come up with a short but catchy plot. The teacher may introduce them to the concept of linear vs non-linear plot, flashback, flash forward and in-media res (when the play starts right in the middle of the action). They need to be aware of the types of conflict they might want to include in their plots: human vs human, human vs nature, human vs society, human vs self, or any other they could think of. So, with all these in mind the teams set off to brainstorm some ideas for their screenplays. Once they have some ideas they need to decide what their plot is going to include and what not, then they are ready to write the dialogues. As teams write their lines, they should start rehearsing them so when it is recording time they know what they are supposed to do and say. Once they are finished the teams use the devices available to record their screenplays.