Unit 1

Yes! I wrote a 10 Page Script!

Lesson Overview:

Students will create a 10-page script in a program such as Celtx using techniques of character development, the foundations of story structure, and collaborative techniques for creating character dialogue. Students will prepare a professional script for publication and/or film festival submission.  Students will also complete the process to copyright their finished work.

Lessons to be completed in this Unit:

  1. Writing a Script?  Let’s Get Started
  2. Creating a Developed Character
  3. Character Dialogue-Creating Voice
  4. Script Production and Post Production

Expected Student Outcomes:

  • Analyze 3 act story through film analysis.
  • Connect prior knowledge to 3 act story terminology.
  • Utilize graphic organizer to align plot to story structure.
  • Develop story subjects ideas and evaluate peer ideas.
  • Plan project outline, and organize material accordingly to write an industry standard treatment.
  • Analyze character development through observation.
  • Identify characteristics of protagonist and antagonist.
  • Create a character and develop character traits to give character purpose.
  • Evaluate characters journey with story structure.
  • Review, edit and revise treatment.
  • Students identify character development through the analysis of dialogue.
  • Students understand the elements of dialogue for a screenplay.
  • Students research how character objectives, traits, and obstacles guide dialogue.
  • Apply character development traits, objectives, and obstacles to create dialogue for a screenplay.
  • Use the elements of script to create a properly formatted script using industry standard screenwriting software.
  • Write a screenplay adhering to industry standards for screenplay structure, character development, and dialogue creation for publication.
  • Use proficient writing skills to conceive, develop, produce, edit, critique and revise multimedia projects that inform, educate or entertain while meeting accuracy, project and deadline requirements.
  • Explore and put in practice, knowledge of ethics and copyright law for original video, animation, design and music as applicable to your own work and permissions for using the work of others.

 Standards for this Unit

  • Lesson Plan: Writing a Script? Let’s Get Started.California Career and Technical Education Standards
    • AME.A.A1.6.3.1 Analyze characteristics of subgenres (e.g., satire, parody, allegory, pastoral) that are used in poetry, prose, plays, novels, short stories, essays, and other basic genres.
    • AME.A.A1.7.1.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of discourse (e.g., purpose, speaker, audience, form) when completing narrative, expository, persuasive, or descriptive writing assignments.
    • AME.A.A1.7.1.5 Use language in natural, fresh, and vivid ways to establish a specific tone.
    • AME.A.A1.7.1.9 Revise text to highlight the individual voice, improve sentence variety and style, and enhance subtlety of meaning and tone in ways that are consistent with the purpose, audience, and genre.
    • AME.A.A2.2 Know the component steps and skills required to design, edit, and produce a production for audio, video, electronic, or printed presentation.
    • AME.A.A2.5 Know the writing processes, formats, and conventions used for various media.
    • AME.FS.1.0 Academics
    • AME.FS.5.1 Apply appropriate problem-solving strategies and critical thinking skills to work-related issues and tasks.
    • AME.FS.5.4 Use the elements of the particular art form to observe, perceive, and respond.
    • AME.FS.9.7 Cultivate consensus, continuous improvement, respect for the opinions of others, cooperation, adaptability, and conflict resolution.

    Common Core Standards (Reinforced)

    •  Analyze the impact of the author?s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters/archetypes are introduced and developed).
    •  Analyze how an author?s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
  • Lesson Plan: Creating a Developed Character

    California Career and Technical Education Standards

    • AME.B.B2.3.2.1 Proficient – Make acting choices, using script analysis, character research, reflection, and revision through the rehearsal process.
    • AME.FS.11.0 Demonstration and Application
    • AME.FS.5.5 Understand the application of research and analysis skills to the creation of content.

    Common Core Standards (Reinforced)

    •  Analyze the impact of the author?s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters/archetypes are introduced and developed).
  • Lesson Plan: Character Dialogue- Creating Voice

    California Career and Technical Education Standards

    • AME.A.A1.7.1.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of discourse (e.g., purpose, speaker, audience, form) when completing narrative, expository, persuasive, or descriptive writing assignments.
    • AME.A.A1.7.1.5 Use language in natural, fresh, and vivid ways to establish a specific tone.
    • AME.A.A1.7.1.9 Revise text to highlight the individual voice, improve sentence variety and style, and enhance subtlety of meaning and tone in ways that are consistent with the purpose, audience, and genre.
    • AME.A.A2.5 Know the writing processes, formats, and conventions used for various media.

    Common Core Standards (Reinforced)

    •  Analyze the impact of the author?s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters/archetypes are introduced and developed).
    •  Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-onone, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11?12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others? ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
  • Lesson Plan: Script Production and Post ProductionCalifornia Career and Technical Education Standards
    • AME.FS.2.0 Communications
    • AME.FS.4.2 Understand the use of technological resources to access, manipulate, and produce information, products, and services.
    • AME.FS.8.4 Adhere to the copyright and intellectual property laws and regulations, and use and cite proprietary information appropriately.

    Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS)

    • WC.R.D. Human Resources — Assesses skills and distributes work accordingly, evaluates performance and provides feedback
    • WC.T.B. Applies Technology to Task — Understands overall intent and proper procedures for setup and operation of equipment

    Common Core Standards (Reinforced)

    •  Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
    •  Analyze the impact of the author?s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters/archetypes are introduced and developed).
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