October 19-21

Monday– We are on a writer’s week, so we are writing our own scripts!  This fits in well with previous lessons on dialogue.  The students worked on creating main characters today.  They were to pick at least two characters and write a 1/2 page bio (or description) of each character (In other words, it’s a minimum of one page total).  We focused on making dynamic, multi-faceted characters.  To help develop dynamic characters, I gave them suggestions on what to include in their bios.

  • When was the last time your character cried/laugh?  Why?
  • What are your character’s main struggles?
  • What are your character’s quirks/what makes your character unique?
  • What are your character’s routines?  What do they do on a Saturday morning?
  • What is one secret they don’t want anyone else to know?

Tuesday– We are working on the 5 W’s (who, what, where, when, and why) to map out our script.  Once the students have the 5 W’s answered, they can write a more detailed plot (what happens at the beginning, middle and end?).

Homework: Spelling Homework is due today.

Wednesday– The students will need to follow the correct format to write the 1st draft of their script.  We will also be taking a spelling test.

  • The character’s name appears on the left margin with a colon.  After their name is what they say.  (example- John: I have never been more insulted in all my life!)
  • There are no quotation marks (unless your character is quoting someone else)
  • Start a new line when switching speakers
  • Descriptions or stage directions are written in [brackets].  This shows the reader the line isn’t to be spoken

Homework: Letters are due today, and they should look amazing since I have given the students and extra few days to work on them.  Scripts will be due Monday, November 26.

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