“Writing in a digital age is where every person is a moviemaker.
Every person can put a script together [and] have images to go with it.”
Writing, Learning and Leading in The Digital Age
"If video is how we are communicating and persuading in this
new century, why aren't more students writing screenplays as part of
their schoolwork?" Heidi Hayes Jacobs,
"It is illogical...to treat media narratives as though they
are completely unrelated to school literacy. TV shows are, after all,
usually written. They are built on scripts that include
characterization, plot, dialogue, and often humor--the every elements
that we want our students
to include in the stories they write."
Thomas Newkirk (Media
is taking an idea and making it into a story that will be realized
in action and dialogue. Simple as that." "Script--lights,
action! Reaching a young audience. "Australian Screen Education 40 (Autumn
What do we want students to know about scripts, scriptwriting, and
screenplays? To begin with, most media (advertising, newscasts,
billboards, TV, Radio, movies) start as writing. Before an inch of video
or film is shot, before an ad is designed, someone has written it down
on paper (or on the web.)
Secondly, those who use scripts use various techniques. Student should
be encouraged to identify these techniques and discuss their
effectiveness, strengths and weaknesses. Also, writers use certain
and conventions in their scripts. Students should become
familiar with these.
Learning to write a script opens the door to a process that many
students have never been exposed to. Explaining the scriptwriting
process is another way of engaging them with media, something they are
most comfortable with.
To begin, I suggest teachers write the words AUDIO and VIDEO on the
board or on an overhead transparency. Ask your students to define each
word. Explain that scriptwriters use formats which will vary depending
on their purpose. The script for a commercial, for example, will look
vastly different from that of a script for news or a movie. Ask your
students to compare and contrast scripts.
Explore the resources by clicking the links in the left hand column.
The Comic Book Script Archive
Weekly Reader's WRITING magazine (February-March
2007) themed issue
Reeling with Words:
Screenplays, home movies,
and film reviews--we show students what it takes to write for and about the
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