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Part of the Middle School Curriculum

Unit Five: Intro to Script Writing

Created by Lindsay Johnson

In this unit, students learn how to write their own scripts using correct formatting. These scripts will be more detailed than the contentless scenes. Students will learn how to write dialogue that provide information about relationships, conflicting objectives, and setting.

They’ll also learn how to correctly add expression and movement directions into the script itself. The unit will end with a partner script writing assignment which is performed in front of the class.

Standards Addressed

The overview sets out the expectations for the unit, including outlines and assessment tools.
Additional Attachments
1: Partner Scene Brainstorming
In this lesson, students will create a scene outline by brainstorming and selecting the key foundations of their scene (setting, relationships, and conflicting objectives).
2: Script Drafting
In this lesson, students will create a script draft that includes the five required lines to establish character, setting, conflict, rising action, and resolution.
3: Script Formatting
In this lesson, students will create a script draft that includes scene setting, expression, and movement notes.
4: Peer Script Workshopping
In this lesson, students will review and help workshop a peer’s script before hearing feedback and making changes to their own scripts.
5: Set Design and Blocking
In this lesson, students will create a set design and add blocking notes to their scripted scenes.
6: Final Revision Rehearsal
In this lesson, students will revise their set designs and scripts to achieve “Meets” or “Exceeds” on the rubrics. They will also give peer feedback and rehearse their scenes for vocal clarity, expression, and open body.
7: Scripted Scene Performance Assessment
In this lesson, students will perform their final partner scene for assessment in front of the class. They will also complete an audience feedback sheet where they give their peers feedback on rubric skills.

Standards Addressed

Georgia Performance Standards - Theatre Arts

Tennessee Theatre Curriculum Standards

Tennessee Theatre standards (2018) standards were built using the framework of the NCAS which is built on four key domains: Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Connecting, and Responding. Within each of these domains are foundations and standards to support the development of curriculum, programs, and learning.
(source: Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Academic Standards for Fine Arts, Summer 2018)

Please refer to National Core Arts Standards to determine the standard that best suits your needs.

Alberta, Canada

British Columbia (2018)

Ontario, Canada

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