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Script Writing Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

This lesson plan will educate your students about script writing. This can include scripts for movies, plays, television shows, video games, and radio. They will also participate in three fun related activities.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson your students will be able to:

  • List many terms associated with script writing.
  • Write their very own comedy sketches.
  • Write their very own short TV ads.

Length

1-1.5 Hours

Materials

  • Internet access
  • Two pre-printed worksheets, one with 20 terms related to script writing, and one with the 20 corresponding definitions, but not in the correct order.

Key Vocabulary

  • Comedic writing
  • Dialogue
  • Dramatic writing
  • Narrative writing
  • Stage direction
  • Title page
  • Video script

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.1.D

Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.5

Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.

Instructions and Activities

  • Inform your students they will be learning about the interesting world of script writing.
  • Ask them if anyone is familiar with the subject or has written a script.
  • Review the key vocabulary terms.

Activity One

  • Let your students know this will be the chance for them to write their very own comedy sketches.
  • Divide your students up into six groups.
  • Tell your students: your comedy sketches should be about five minutes in length.

Group Challenge
Group One Team Should I Upgrade my Cellphone?
Group Two Team Zombies in Spaceships are Invading our Town!
Group Three Team My Favorite TV Show Might be Cancelled!
Group Four Team I am Stuck in the Fast Food Drive-Thru!
Group Five Team I Can't Figure out How to Use my Computer!
Group Six Team Where is the Shoe Store in this Mall?
  • Finally, have each group take turns presenting their comedy sketches to the entire class.

Activity Two

  1. Explain to your students they will be writing scripts for television advertisements, and can include jingles if they wish.
  2. Divide your students up into pairs
  3. Have them pick a product they wish to sell.
  4. Tell them the following:
    1. Your ads must be as close to 60 seconds as possible.
    2. If you add a jingle to your ad you can sing it.
  5. Lastly, have each pair select a spokesperson to read each ad, or if they wish, both students can read the ad together.

Activity Three

  • Inform your students they are going to be participating in a competition to learn about terminology related to script writing. The first three groups to finish will earn small prizes.
  • Have your students remain in pairs.
  • Pass out two pre-printed worksheets, one with the following 20 terms, and one with the 20 related definitions, but in mixed order.

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