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Movie Making in the Classroom: Writing the Script

By Beth Newingham on April 1, 2013
  • Grades: 3–5

When my classroom partakes in a movie-making project and we have finished brainstorming a theme and assigning roles, students work in small groups with the other students in their scene to write their script. Writing workshop mini-lessons focus on script writing and how this genre of writing includes stage directions as well as an indication of who is speaking each line.

Students finally type up their scene on a PowerPoint slide. All of the slides are combined into one slideshow and rearranged in the order they will be performed as I project the slideshow on the large TV in my classroom for the entire class to see.

The storyboard view helps us organize and sequence our ideas to determine the final order of the scenes that will ultimately be part of the movie. Each student receives a copy of the PowerPoint slides (printed as handouts).

Watch all the movies my students and I have ever made!

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