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You Can Write a Movie! | Film School for Kids | Self Paced

Dana Leon | Reading | Movies
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(41)
In this creative writing course, writers will learn how to take a story idea and write it for the screen.

Class experience

US Grade 3 - 6
Beginner - Intermediate Level
3 units//6 lessons//6 Weeks
Unit 1Planning Your Screenplay
3 lessons3 Weeks
Planning Your Screenplay
 Week 1
Lesson 1
What Kind of Movie Do You Want to Make?
Writers will learn about movie genres and decide what type of movie to make.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Story Structure
Writers will organize their stories by plotting elements on a story mountain.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
One-Page Story
Writers will use their story outlines to write a one-page story that will inform their whole script.
Unit 2Drafting Your Screenplay
1 lesson1 Week
Drafting Your Screenplay
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Screenplay Format
Writers will compare movie versions to the script version and write a first draft.
Unit 3Finishing Your Screenplay
2 lessons2 Weeks
Finishing Your Screenplay
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Revising and Editing
Writers will revise and edit their screenplays.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Table Read
Writers will share their scripts by reading them out loud or having others read with them.
This class is taught in English.
This class will satisfy the following Common Core ELA standards: W.3a-e, W.4, W.5, W.6, and W.10

- Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
- Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
- Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
- Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
- Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.
- Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
- Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
- Use technology to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
I have taught the writing process in my 3rd and 4th grade classes and adapted them for a filmmaking club at my former school. Prior to becoming a teacher, I had worked on a few independent films and attended film school. 
Homework Offered
There will be writing homework for every lesson except for Lesson 1. Lesson 1 homework is more of a shift in mindset when watching movies. Students will be encouraged to see movies as mentors for their own writing, that they can pick up ideas from.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
- Writers will be given feedback on their work for each lesson before the next week. - Feedback will be given to all final projects. - Final grades available upon request.
Grades Offered
If not using a word processing program like Google Docs or Word, students will want to have a dedicated notebook.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Kahoot will be used for this class. Learners will not need an account. 

I will share templates through Google Docs. Learners can convert these to Word or use the templates as a guide in for how to organize their work in a dedicated notebook.
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(41)
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6 pre-recorded lessons
6 weeks of teacher support
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1 year of access to the content

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Ages: 8-12

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