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You Can Write a Scary Movie | Part 1 - Planning the Story | Self Paced

Dana Leon | Reading | Movies
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(41)
In this course, writers will learn the features of a suspense-filled story and how to transform their scary story idea and plan to write it for the screen.

Class experience

US Grade 3 - 6
Beginner - Intermediate Level
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
3 lessons//3 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
The Art of Fear: A Kid-Friendly Guide to Scary Movies
Writers will learn about the scary movie genre through kid-friendly examples.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Creepy Characters
Writers will develop characters with traits that are common in scary movies.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Spooky Story Structure
Learners will plot story elements on a haunted house to create the structure of their story.
This class will satisfy the following 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.
- 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.
- 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
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
- Writers will be given verbal or written feedback on their work for each lesson. - Feedback will be given to final projects. - Final grades available upon request.
Grades Offered
Google account (optional)
Notebook (optional)
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
I will share templates through Google docs and Jamboard, though your child can use a notebook or other word document application.
They will still need to upload their work each week to show their progress and to receive feedback.
Star Educator
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(41)
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3 pre-recorded lessons
3 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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